My Fair Lady (Broadway cast recording)

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My Fair Lady
Cast recording by the original Broadway cast
Released April 2, 1956 (1956-04-02)
Recorded March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24)
Genre Show tunes
Length 53:44
Label Columbia Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Broadway cast recording of the musical My Fair Lady was released as an album on April 2, 1956.[2] The songs were composed by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, while the cast included stars Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. The album became a massive seller, topping the charts on the US Billboard 200 for 15 weeks at different times in 1956 (8 consecutive weeks), 1957, 1958 and 1959.[1] In the UK, upon its release in 1958, the album reached No.1 for 19 consecutive weeks and became the biggest-selling album of the year.[3] The album was released on Columbia Records, whose President, Goddard Lieberson provided the $375,000 needed to stage the show in return for the rights to the Cast recording.[2] The album was later re-issued on Compact disc in 1988 and has been re-released a number of times since.[4] It is currently available with bonus tracks.

A London cast recording of the musical, also starring Harrison and Andrews, was released as an album in 1959.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Performed by Length
1. "Overture" / "Why Can't the English?"   Rex Harrison, Robert Coote and Julie Andrews 3:09
2. "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?"   Julie Andrews and Ensemble 3:55
3. "With a Little Bit of Luck"   Stanley Holloway, Gordon Dilworth, Rod McLennan and Chorus 3:55
4. "I'm an Ordinary Man"   Rex Harrison 4:38
5. "Just You Wait"   Julie Andrews 2:41
6. "The Rain in Spain"   Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Robert Coote and Ensemble 2:39
7. "I Could Have Danced All Night"   Julie Andrews, Philippa Bevans and Ensemble 3:28
Side two
No. Title Performed by Length
1. "Ascot Gavotte"   Chorus 3:13
2. "On the Street Where You Live"   John Michael King 2:56
3. "You Did It"   Rex Harrison, Robert Coote, Philippa Bevans and Ensemble 4:25
4. "Show Me"   Julie Andrews and John Michael King 2:10
5. "Get Me to the Church on Time"   Stanley Holloway, Gordon Dilworth, Rod McLennan and Chorus 2:42
6. "A Hymn to Him"   Rex Harrison 3:28
7. "Without You"   Julie Andrews 2:01
8. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face"   Rex Harrison 5:14

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
Billboard 200[6] 1956 1
UK Albums Chart[3] 1958 1
  • returned to number 1 on Billboard 200 at different times during 1957, 1958 and 1959.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Album overview and Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Background information". Masterworks Broadway. 2002-05-28. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Original Soundtrack - My Fair Lady". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "CD issue". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  5. ^ Ellen, Marjorie. "London edition". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  6. ^ "My Fair Lady - Charts and Awards". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
Preceded by
The Duke Wore Jeans by Original Soundtrack
UK Albums Chart number-one album
10 May 1958 - 20 September 1958
Succeeded by
King Creole by Elvis Presley