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cover of 1946 cast album

cover of 1950 soundtrack

Opened on Broadway:
May 16, 1946

Released: July 8, 1946 c

Charted: June 10, 1950 s


Notations:
c Cast Album
s Soundtrack


Rating: 4.382 (combined average of 8 ratings for various cast albums and soundtrack)


Genre: show tunes


Quotable: --


Album Tracks: c

  1. Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly (ETHEL MERMAN) *
  2. The Girl That I Marry (RAY MIDDLETON) *
  3. You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun (ETHEL MERMAN) *
  4. There’s No Business Like Show Business (WILLIAM O’NEAL) *
  5. They Say It’s Wonderful (ETHEL MERMAN) *
  6. Moonshine Lullaby (ETHEL MERMAN) * c
  7. My Defenses Are Down (RAY MIDDLETON) *
  8. I’m an Indian, Too (ETHEL MERMAN) *
  9. I Got Lost in His Arms (ETHEL MERMAN) * c
  10. Who Do You Love, I Hope (ROBERT LENN) * c
  11. I Got the Sun in the Morning (ETHEL MERMAN) *
  12. Anything You Can Do (ETHEL MERMAN) *
  13. Overture (ETHEL MERMAN)
  14. Colonel Buffalo Bill (LESLIE FYSON)
  15. I’m a Bad, Bad Man (NEILSON TAYLOR)
  16. An Old-Fashioned Wedding (ETHEL MERMAN)
Above track listing based on 2000 Decca reissue. Songs with an asterisk (*) are on original 1946 cast album.
c Songs unique to cast album.


Album Tracks: s

  1. Main Title (THE MGM STUDIO ORCHESTRA) s
  2. Colonel Buffalo Bill (KEENAN WYNN) s
  3. Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly (BETTY HUTTON/ CHILDREN’S CHORUS) *
  4. The Girl That I Marry (HOWARD KEEL) *
  5. You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun (BETTY HUTTON) *
  6. There’s No Business Like Show Business (HOWARD KEEL) *
  7. They Say It’s Wonderful (HOWARD KEEL) *
  8. They Say It’s Wonderful (Reprise) (BETTY HUTTON) s
  9. There’s No Business Like Show Business (Reprise) (BETTY HUTTON) s
  10. My Defenses Are Down (HOWARD KEEL/ MALE CHORUS) *
  11. I’m an Indian, Too (BETTY HUTTON/ MALE CHORUS)
  12. European Montage (THE MGM STUDIO ORCHESTRA) s
  13. Let’s Go West Again (BETTY HUTTON/ MALE CHORUS) s
  14. The Girl That I Marry (Reprise) (BETTY HUTTON) *
  15. I Got the Sun in the Morning (BETTY HUTTON/ CHORUS) *
  16. Together Again (THE MGM ORCHESTRA) s
  17. Anything You Can Do (HOWARD KEEL) *
  18. Finale/End Title (BETTY HUTTON) s
Above track listing based on 2000 Rhino reissue. Songs with an asterisk (*) are on original 1950 soundtrack.
s Songs unique to soundtrack.


Sales:

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2 c, 1 8 – s
peak on U.K. album chart --


Singles/Hit Songs *:

Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly
- Freddy Martin (1946) #2
- Dinah Shore (1946) #3
- Jimmy Dorsey (1946) #8

They Say It’s Wonderful
- Frank Sinatra (1946) #2
- Perry Como (1946) #4
- Andy Russell (1946) #10
- Bing Crosby (1946) #12
- Ethel Merman (1946) #20

I Got the Sun in the Morning
- Les Brown (1946) #10
- Artie Shaw (1946) #17

The Girl That I Marry
- Frank Sinatra (1946) #11
- Eddy Howard (1947) #23

Who Do You Love, I Hope
- Elliot Lawrence (1946) #9

There’s No Business Like Show Business
- Bing Crosby/ Andrews Sisters/ Dick Haymes (1947) #25

* As was common in the pre-rock era, multiple versions of a single song from a Broadway show would become hits. All chart positions are from the U.S. Billboard pop charts.


Notes: The 2000 Decca reissue added four new songs. “‘Colonel Buffalo Bill’ and ‘I'm a Bad, Bad Man,’ were not recorded back in 1946, nor was an overture” (Ruhlmann c). In addition, “for the 20th anniversary revival in 1966, Berlin wrote a new song, ‘An Old-Fashioned Wedding’” (Ruhlmann c). These four songs appear to be from “a 1973 British studio cast recording featuring Merman” (Ruhlmann c).

The 2000 Rhino reissue of the soundtrack rounded out the original paltry 8 songs to a total of 31 songs, including the original recordings by Judy Garland before she was replaced by Betty Hutton.


Awards:

Cast album rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Cast album rated best album of the year by DMDB.


Annie Get Your Gun (cast/ soundtrack)
Irving Berlin (composer)
Review: c
“Irving Berlin came from the old school of Broadway songwriters who did not write songs specifically for characters and plot points, but rather as independent numbers in shows that were more revues than book musicals per se. But Berlin was also highly adaptable, and he approached his assignment as substitute for Jerome Kern (who had died suddenly) on Dorothy and Herbert Fields’ musical about Annie Oakley in the spirit of integrated musicals that producers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had established with Oklahoma! only three years before” (Ruhlmann c).

“Berlin’s songs for Annie Get Your Gun were all about character and plot, from the bawdy Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly, in which Annie affirms the value of a common-sense barnyard education, to the witty Anything You Can Do, which illuminates her final confrontation and reconciliation with love interest Frank Butler. Ordinarily, that should have meant that the songs were less easy to extract for the hit parade, but in fact Berlin’s score produced more chart hits through cover versions than any Broadway score before or since” (Ruhlmann c).

Oklahoma! had also established the popularity of original cast albums, and only ten days after the…Broadway opening, star Ethel Merman was in a recording studio with other members of the stage production to record 12 songs from the show…For reasons not yet explained, second leads Betty Ann Nyman and Kenny Bowers were not present, and for the recording of their duet Who Do You Love, I Hope?, they were replaced by Robert Lenn and Kathleen Carnes” (Ruhlmann c).

“Merman and her co-star Ray Middleton were Broadway veterans of the pre-microphone era, experts at projecting their voices from the footlights to the rear balcony, and their stage styles carried over to the recording” (Ruhlmann c).

“Merman, of course, possessed a clarion voice that was never better represented than in songs like ‘Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly’ and I Got the Sun in the Morning, while Middleton’s sonorous baritone informed The Girl That I Marry and My Defenses Are Down. And when the two got together on They Say It’s Wonderful and especially Anything You Can Do, the belting reached near-bellow status” (Ruhlmann c).

“But that isn’t to say the songs, crafted for the performers, didn’t support their interpretations. Berlin wrote simply and directly, his jokes broad, his emotions direct, and the singers hit his meanings as surely as they did his notes. The result was exactly what a cast album should be, an accurate representation of the music of a show. And since this show was a landmark in Broadway history, that made the cast album an important contribution to musical history as well as an aural delight” (Ruhlmann c).


Review: s
“The movie version of Annie Get Your Gun, coming four years after the opening of the wildly successful 1946 Broadway musical, was a reasonable Hollywood transfer. Typically, a third of the songs were dropped – no I Got Lost in His Arms, I’ll Share It All with You, I’m a Bad, Bad Man, Moonshine Lullaby, or ‘Who Do You Love, I Hope?’” (Ruhlmann s).

“But ten numbers remained, among them the show's best-known songs – Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly, There’s No Business Like Show Business, and ‘Anything You Can Do’ – even if songwriter Irving Berlin was forced to bowdlerize the lyrics to Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly” (Ruhlmann s).

“The film benefited from unusually felicitous casting. The show had been written for Ethel Merman, who was not considered bankable in Hollywood. But Betty Hutton brought her usual energy and effervescence to her portrayal, and Howard Keel, in his first major movie role, gave her strong support. The result was one of the biggest box-office hits of 1950. MGM Records released an eight-song soundtrack album in each of the current record formats, 78s, EPs, and a ten-inch LP, and there were several 12" LP reissues in the 1960s and 1970s before a legal dispute put both the film and the soundtrack album in mothballs for decades” (Ruhlmann s).

“On November 21, 2000, in connection with the belated video release of the film, Rhino Records’ Movie Music series in cooperation with Turner Classic Movies Music finally reissued the soundtrack album on CD, and it was a far cry from the first version put out 50 years earlier. To begin with, the original song list had been expanded from eight to 18 titles by adding in the two songs that were cut from the soundtrack album (Colonel Buffalo Bill and I’m an Indian, Too); including three reprises; mixing in four excerpts from the orchestral background music; and digging up Let’s Go West Again, a new song Berlin wrote for the film that was not used” (Ruhlmann s).

“But all these additions were only the beginning. Back in 1949, MGM originally intended Annie Get Your Gun for its biggest musical star, Judy Garland. Garland prerecorded the score and started to make the picture, but her erratic behavior caused her to be suspended from the studio and the production to be shut down until Hutton was borrowed from Paramount” (Ruhlmann s).

“For the new soundtrack release, the material was appended…affording an opportunity to compare Hutton and Garland…Garland performs adequately, but the material for the most part doesn’t suit her. It isn’t until she gets to the ballad ‘They Say It’s Wonderful’ that she really sounds at home, and it’s easy to speculate that ‘Let’s Go West Again,’ another ballad, was written to her strengths and might have made the final cut if she had, too. It is Hutton who comes closer to the spirit of the Broadway Annie Oakley” (Ruhlmann s).


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Last updated August 11, 2008.