Sound Recording: Ben Bagley’s Arthur Schwartz Revisited

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LP titled Ben Bagley’s Arthur Schwartz Revisited featuring Cab Calloway, Blossom Dearie, Gloria DeHaven, Phyllis Diller, Warde Donovan, and Charles Rydell. It was released in 1973. The cast and material were assembled and directed by Ben Bagley.

The album includes: Side 1: "What a Wonderful World" (1935) sung by Charles Rydell and the Boys and Girls (4:30); "Blue Grass" (1948) sung by Blossom Dearie (4:30); "Love Isn't Born, It's Made" (1943) sung by Gloria De Haven (4:05); "There's No Holding Me" (1946) sung by Charles Rydell (4:05); "Miserable With You"(1931) sung by Phyllis Diller (3:50); "In the Noonday Sun"(1939) sung by Charles Rydell and the Boys and Girls (2:37); "Got a Bran' New Suit" (1935) sung by Phyllis Diller (5:15). Side 2: "Tennessee Fish Fry" (1940) sung by Charles Rydell and the Boys and Girls (4:50); "Goodbye To All That" (1946) sung by Gloria De Haven (3:40); "Smokin' Reefers" (1932) sung by Cab Calloway (3:50); "That's For Children" (1931) sung by Blossom Dearie (3:50); "Haunted Heart"(1948) sung by Warde Donovan and the Sexarelles (4:40); "You and I Know"(1937) sung by Charles Rydell and Blossom Dearie (4:00); and "Right At the Start of It"(1930) sung by Warde Donovan and the entire company (3:45).

Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) began her comedy career in the 1950s at the age of 37 and broke barriers in the comedy world to become the first solo female comic to be a household name. She developed a stage persona of an incompetent housewife and dressed in outlandish outfits with wild hair. Her material focused on self-deprecating jokes that tackled the idealized image of American mothers and homemakers. She also created many mythical personas for her stage act including her “husband” Fang, her “neighbor” Mrs. Clean, and her “mother-in-law” Moby Dick.

Location
Currently not on view
associated person
Bagley, Ben
composer
Schwartz, Arthur
publisher
Battery Records
performer
De Haven, Gloria
recording artist
Calloway, Cab
maker
Battery Records
Diller, Phyllis
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
vinyl (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 31.75 cm
ID Number
2003.0289.26
accession number
2003.0289
catalog number
2003.0289.26
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
subject
Humor
Comedians
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Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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