Friday, December 3, 2010

Louis Armstrong & Barbara Streisand: Hello Dolly

This is a video clip from Hello Dolly (1969), an American musical film starring Barbara Steisand and Walter Matthau. In this scene, the incomparable Louis Armstrong appears as himself. His version is the most popular one. In addition, Louis Armstrong's version was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.

Lyrics:  Jerry Herman
Recorded: December 3, 1963
Released: 1964
Label: Kapp Records



Hello Dolly: Film poster (1969).
The plot summary is as follows:
Film adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical. Concerns itself with Dolly Levi [Barbara Streisand], a New York-based matchmaker who merrily arranges things... like furniture and daffodils and lives. A widow, she has found herself in love with a "half-a-millionaire" Yonkers merchant named Horace Vandergelder  [Walter Matthau]. So she proceeds to weave a web of romantic complications involving him, his two clerks, a pretty milliner and her assistant. Eventually, of course, all is sorted out, and everyone ends up with the right person.
—Written by Tommy Peter 

Hello Dolly
By Louis Armstrong

Hello Dolly,......well, hello, Dolly
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're lookin' swell, Dolly.......I can tell, Dolly
You're still glowin'...you're still crowin'...you're still goin' strong
I feel that room swayin'......while the band's playin'
One of your old favourite songs from way back when
So..... take her wrap, fellas.......find her an empty lap, fellas
Dolly'll never go away again

(instrumental break)

Hello Dolly,.....well, hello, Dolly
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're lookin' swell, Dolly.....I can tell, Dolly
You're still glowin'...you're still crowin'...you're still goin' strong
I feel the room swayin'...while that ole band keeps on playin'
One of your old favourite songs from way back when
So...golly, gee, fellas....find her an empty knee, fellas
Dolly'll never go away....I said she'll never go away
Dolly'll never go away again

3 comments:

  1. I WAS CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT INTERRACIAL DUETS OF A BLACK MALE AND A WHITE FEMALE WERE FIRST BEFORE RICK JAMES AND LADY TEENA MARIE. I THINK THIS WAS THE FIRST IN THE U S OF A. THANKS

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  2. That's a good question. I don't know if I have the definitive answer, but here are some recognized and oft-cited firsts:

    Performance:
    Anita O'Day during the 1940s Big Band era with the Gene krupa Orchestra; and with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. She gave both orchestras their first million-selling hits, doing a rare interracial duet on "Let Me Off Uptown" with Krupa trumpeter Roy Eldridge and then the novelty number "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine" with Kenton's ensemble.

    ON TV:
    Petula Clark singing a duet with Harry Belafonte during the Petula Clark Show, in 1968.

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