Mad About The Boy

October 20, 2014 7:13 AM

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While Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. built the Ziegfeld Follies on the concept of glorifying the American girl, songs written about masculine appeal have a distinctly different air to them. After her success as Julie LaVerne in the 1927 world premiere of Show Boat, Helen Morgan recreated her characterization of the the mixed-race woman in the 1936 film adaptation. Here she is singing one of Jerome Kern's great hits ("Bill") with lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse.

In 1943, One Touch of Venus opened on Broadway with music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Ogden Nash. In the following clip, Mary Martin can be heard singing one of the show's hit songs, "That's Him."

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