Sound Recording: Ben Bagley’s Harold Arlen Revisited

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LP titled Ben Bagley’s Harold Arlen Revisited featuring Phyllis Diller, David Burns, Estelle Parsons, Charles Rydell, Nancy Andrews, Blossom Dearie, Gloria DeHaven, and Ben Bagley.

The album includes: Side 1: "God's Country"(1937) sung by Charles Rydell and chorus (4:15); "Spring Fever" (1934) sung by Estelle Parsons (5:42); "Fancy Free" (1950) sung by Phyllis Diller, Gloria DeHaven, and Estelle Parsons (4:13); "Rabelais" (1934) sung by David Burns and the boys (3:45); "What Can You Say In A Love Song" (1934) sung by Blossom Dearie and the Sex-Satiricals (no time given); "This Time The Dream's On Me" (1940) sung by Estelle Parsons (3:05); "Sing My Heart" (1939) sung by Charles Rydell and chorus (4:00). Side 2: "Shoein' the Mare" (1934) sung by Charles Rydell, Nancy Andrews, and chorus (5:24); "Now I Know" (1944) sung by Gloria DeHaven (3:16); "With the Sun Warm Upon Me" (1951) sung by Charles Rydell (4:57); "Public Melody Number One" (1937) sung by Nancy Andrews and The Keiffer Twins (3:19); "Moanin' in the Mornin'" (1937) sung by Estelle Parsons (4:19); "While You Are Young" (1931) sung by Phyllis Diller (2:28); and "Don't Rock the Boat, Dear" (1950) sung by Charles Rydell and Nancy Andrews (4:30).

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.

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Battery Records
Arlen, Harold
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Bagley, Ben
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De Haven, Gloria
Battery Records
Diller, Phyllis
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United States: New York, New York
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vinyl (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
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overall: 12 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 31.75 cm
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Gift of Phyllis Diller
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National Museum of American History