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Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Ethel Merman Disco Album


There's No Business Like Show Business

The Ethel Merman Disco Album
Produced, Arranged and Conducted by Peter Matz
Orchestra Conductor: Joe Soldo
Music Prepared by Bill Forman
Background Vocals Directed by Marilyn Jackson & Stephanie Spruill
Additional Background Vocals on "Something For The Boys": George Ferren, Steve Smith, Manny Stali, Jon Randazo, Bobby Borelli and John Joyce
Executive Producer: Kip Cohen
Art Director: Roland Young
Design: Amy Nagasawa
Front Cover Art: Lou and Pearl Beach
Photograph of Ethel: Mark Hanauer
Recorded and Mixed at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Mixed by Don Hahn - Assisted by Don Koldon
Mastered at A&M Recording Studios by Frank DeLuna
Management by Gus Schirmer
A&M Records SP-4775

Guitars: Michael Anthony, Dennis Budmir & Mitch Holder
Bass: Chuck Berghofer & Greg Lee
Drums: Steve Scaheffer
Keyboards: John Berkman & Peter Matz
Trumpet Solos: Warren Luening
Sax Solos: Bud Shank & Ernie Watts
Percussion: Paulinho & Garyno

From Billboard - August 11, 1979: Merman's forte has always been big, booming production numbers, so she fits into disco rather effortlessly. Here she revisits seven of her standards done up disco by veteran conductor Peter Matz. Despite the busy new orchestrations, Merman's famed show-off vocals steal the show. Subtlety and understatement have never been the singer's particular virtues, but she's tops in material like this.

There's No Business Like Show Business
Everything's Coming Up Roses
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Something For The Boys
Some People
Alexander's Ragtime Band
I Got Rhythm

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