Heat Wave (Irving Berlin song)
|from the musical As Thousands Cheer|
|Written by||Irving Berlin|
|Original artist||Ethel Waters|
|Recorded by||Ethel Merman, Olga San Juan, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Enoch Light, Patti LuPone|
The song was featured in the 1938 movie Alexander's Ragtime Band, where it was performed by Ethel Merman. It was also featured in the 1946 movie Blue Skies, where it was performed by Olga San Juan and in the 1954 movie There's No Business Like Show Business, where it was performed by Marilyn Monroe. (Note: based on the lyrics alone, the Marilyn song is different, and ironically, within the film's narrative Monroe's version is a sexier variant of the original that's "stolen" from Ethel Merman's character). A snippet of the song can be heard in the beginning of the 1954 film White Christmas, sung by Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye.
Ella Fitzgerald sang the song on her 1958 album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook. Enoch Light gave a symphonic treatment of the song, which can be found on the album Stereo 35-MM (1961).
- Flinn, Caryl (2009). Brass Diva: The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 98. ISBN 0520260228. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- Heatwave: Patti LuPone Sings Irving Berlin overview at AllMusic
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