Ben Bagley’s Arthur Schwartz Revisited


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.

Associated Person: Bagley, BenComposer: Schwartz, ArthurPublisher: Battery RecordsPerformer: De Haven, GloriaRecording Artist: Calloway, CabMaker: Battery RecordsDiller, Phyllis

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: HumorComedians


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Credit Line: Gift of Phyllis Diller

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0289.26Accession Number: 2003.0289Catalog Number: 2003.0289.26

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_1247702

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