Whatever Lola Wants

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For the 2007 film of the same name, see Whatever Lola Wants (film).
Lola Montez, 1847.

Whatever Lola Wants is a popular song, sometimes rendered as "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets". The music and words were written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for the 1955 musical play Damn Yankees. The song is sung by Lola, the Devil's assistant, a part originated by Gwen Verdon, who reprised the role in the film. The saying was reportedly[by whom?] inspired by Lola Montez, an Irish-born "Spanish dancer" and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who later became a San Francisco Gold Rush vamp.[1]

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Alan Sherman, in the song "Kiss of Meyer", which is a parody of the song "Kiss of Fire", ends the song with the quote: "Whatever Meyer Wants/ Meyer Gets/ That is his name/ His name is Meyer Getz."

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"Whatever Lola Wants" is the title of an episode of the situation comedy television series Hot Properties.

A film entitled Whatever Lola Wants, directed by Nabil Ayouch and starring Laura Ramsey as Lola, premiered on 11 December 2007 at the Dubai International Film Festival and was scheduled for release in France on 16 April 2008.[2]

The Lola Car company is reportedly named after this song when Eric Broadley (the founder of Lola) heard the line "What Lola wants, Lola gets" in 1959. (Source August 2010 Classic Cars magazine)

The song was also used by Mario Lopez and his partner Karina Smirnoff in Season 3 of Dancing with the Stars. Their tango to it was voted the best celebrity dance ever by the judges of DWTS on their 100th Episode show. The song was also featured in an episode of Nip Tuck.

The song can also be found in a 2011 Diet Pepsi commercial featuring Sofia Vergara and David Beckham.

Chiwetel Ejiofor sang the song for the 2005 film "Kinky Boots".

Norman Bailey (musician) played the song as a trumpet solo on the first live television broadcast of The Lawrence Welk Show on July 2, 1955.

The song can also be found in a 2014 Magnum (ice cream) Italian commercial, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ice cream brand owned by the British/Dutch Unilever.


  1. ^ "Lola Montez". San Francisco History Index. 
  2. ^ "Whatever Lola Wants (2007)". IMDb. 

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