The Ethel Merman Disco Album

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The Ethel Merman Disco Album
Studio album by
RecordedA&M (Hollywood)
ProducerPeter Matz

The Ethel Merman Disco Album is a 1979 album by American Broadway performer Ethel Merman. It was released on A&M Records.[1] Over the years, the record became a camp classic,[2] with vinyl copies highly sought out by collectors.


Merman recorded 14 songs for The Ethel Merman Disco Album, although only seven were released on the finished record. Each of the songs was recorded in only one take and arranged vocally the way she always recorded them, with disco instrumentation added later as a backtrack.

In 2002, Fynsworth Alley Records acquired the rights to release the album on CD.[3] The CD release contains one bonus track, a recording of They Say It's Wonderful. There are no plans yet to release the other six tracks.


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In a retrospective review, William Ruhlmann of music database website AllMusic rated The Ethel Merman Disco Album two-and-a-half out of five stars. Ruhlmann noted that "everyone, it seemed, was adding a disco beat and trying to cash in on the current – and temporary – fad" and that Merman "was 20 years past her last big success on the Great White Way and, you'd have thought, ready for retirement." He called the album "pretty much like you'd expect. Arranger Peter Matz creates typical disco arrangements - and Merman sings the way she always does, sounding like she has nothing to do with the background at all." Ruhlmann concluded: "The record is really only good for a laugh, but there's just one joke."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "There's No Business Like Show Business" (Berlin) – 5:48
  2. "Everything's Coming Up Roses" (Sondheim, Styne) – 6:30
  3. "I Get a Kick Out of You" (Porter) – 6:09
  4. "Something for the Boys" (Porter) – 5:19
  5. "Some People" (Sondheim, Styne) – 4:49
  6. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (Berlin) – 4:28
  7. "I Got Rhythm" (Gershwin, Gershwin) – 5:06
  8. "They Say It's Wonderful" (Berlin) (bonus track on CD reissue)[5]


In popular culture[edit]

In Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose, written by Dav Pilkey (creator of Captain Underpants and Dog Man), Flippy threatens to play the album to scare his 22 baby frogs into going to bed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Ethel Merman Disco Album". Billboard.
  2. ^ Fynsworth Alley to Hold Re-Release Party for The Ethel Merman Disco Album
  3. ^ Ethel Merman's Disco Album Available On-Line Beginning Nov.19|Playbill
  4. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. The Ethel Merman Disco Album - Ethel Merman at AllMusic. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  5. ^ The Ethel Merman Disco Album, Track 8 - Original recording reissued on CD in 2002 by Fynsworth Alley, LLC and Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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