My Fair Lady (Broadway cast recording)

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My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady Cast Recording.jpg
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 fifteen weeks at different times in 1956 (eight 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.

Another recording of the Broadway cast was recorded on February 1, 1959 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, and released as an album as well.[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