Whatever Lola Wants
"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 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.
Also recorded by
- Natacha Atlas
- Les Baxter
- Tony Bennett (1955)
- Ran Blake
- Lola Blanc
- Bob & Ray
- Les Brown
- Petula Clark
- Alma Cogan (1957)
- Annie Cordy - French version Tout ce que veut Lola (1957)
- Xavier Cugat
- Carla Boni
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
- Gracie Fields
- Ella Fitzgerald (1963)
- Gotan Project
- The Hi-Lo's - A Musical Thrill (2006)
- Molly Johnson
- Louis Jordan
- Stan Kenton - The Stage Door Swings (1958)
- Eartha Kitt (1962)
- Abbe Lane (with Tito Puente and His Orchestra (1957)
- Carmen McRae (1955)
- Amanda Lear: On album With Love (2006)
- Sophie Milman (2007, Live at Winter Garden Theatre)
- Bebe Neuwirth
- Caroline O'Connor
- Patti Page (1960)
- Perez Prado and His Orchestra (1955)
- Julius Pringles (2001)
- Della Reese (1960)
- Aldemaro Romero
- Dinah Shore (1955)
- Ruby Stewart
- Anthony Strong
- Mel Tormé (1960)
- Sarah Vaughan (1955)
- Gwen Verdon
- Baby Face Willette
- Marinella (1992, album I Marinella Tragouda Megales Kyries)
- Reeve Carney Live at Molly Malone’s (2006)
- Dee Snider for the Dee Does Broadway album (2012)
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.
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. Several seasons later, Joanna Krupa and her temporary partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed an Argentine tango to the song, in Season 9.
The song was featured in an episode of Nip/Tuck.
The song can also be found in a 2014 Magnum Italian commercial, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ice cream brand owned by the British/Dutch Unilever.
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- "Lola Montez". San Francisco History Index.
- "Honey West: Whatever Lola Wants". YouTube.
- "Whatever Lola Wants (2007)". IMDb.
- Classic Cars magazine, August 2010
- Whatever Lola Wants - versions and originals on SecondHandSongs
- "Whatever Lola Wants" at MusicBrainz (information and list of recordings)