Phyllis Diller: Born to Sing


Comedy LP recording of a performance by Phyllis Diller in 1970 titled Phyllis Diller: Born to Sing. Side 1 contains "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction;" "Hello, Young Lovers;" "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon;" "And This Is My Beloved;" "My Man;" and "I Enjoy Being A Girl." Side 2 contains "The Man I Love;" "Nobody Makes A Pass At Me;" "If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time);" "Medley: 'The Curse Of An Aching Heart;' 'A Bird In A Gilded Cage'"; and "One For My Baby (And One More for the Road)."

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.

Date Made: 1970

Maker: Diller, PhyllisColumbia

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: HumorComedians


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Credit Line: Gift of Phyllis Diller

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0289.25Accession Number: 2003.0289Catalog Number: 2003.0289.25

Object Name: Sound Recording

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


Record Id: nmah_1247699

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