Ethel Merman (1908-1984)
Last updated: 19.04.24
p_mermane.jpgAccis Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann) was an American actress, artist, and singer born in Queens, New York City.
Influenced by Blossom Seeley, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, and Nora Bayes, she was known .[1] Known primarily for her distinctive, powerful voice and leading roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage".[2] Over her distinguished career in theater she became known for her iconic performances in shows such as Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, and Hello, Dolly!. She is also known for her film roles in Anything Goes (1936), Call Me Madam (1953), There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Among many accolades, she received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Call Me Madam, a Grammy Award for Gypsy and Drama Desk Award for Hello, Dolly!.Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm" (from Girl Crazy); "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Some People", and "Rose's Turn" (from Gypsy-Merman starred as Rose in the original 1959 Broadway production); and the Cole Porter songs "It's De-Lovely" (from Red, Hot and Blue), "Friendship" (from DuBarry Was a Lady), and "I Get a Kick Out of You", "You're the Top", and "Anything Goes" (from Anything Goes). The Irving Berlin song "There's No Business Like Show Business", written for the musical Annie Get Your Gun, became Merman's signature song. -
url15.gif Ethel Merman Biography by  

  Title (Release Year) Composer Performers Issue
  Historic Records      
record15.gif I'll Follow You (1932) F.E. Ahlert Ethel Merman Victor: BS-73709
The peformer is featured on 37 sheet music/recording covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m)
     Title Composer Attribution Items
perf15.jpg I'll Follow You (1932) Frederick Emil Ahlert Roy Turk (words)  record15.gif
perf15.jpg Now It Can Be Told (1938) Irving Berlin(w&m)
perf15.jpg Doin' What Comes Natur'lly (1946) Irving Berlin
perf15.jpg Girl That I Marry (1946), The Irving Berlin
perf15.jpg I Got Lost in His Arms (1946) Irving Berlin
perf15.jpg I Got the Sun in the Morning (1946) Irving Berlin
perf15.jpg They Say It's Wonderful (1946) Irving Berlin(w&m)
perf15.jpg Once Upon a Time, Today (1950) Irving Berlin(w&m)
perf15.jpg They Like Ike (1950) Irving Berlin
perf15.jpg Washington Square Dance (1950) Irving Berlin
perf15.jpg  Eadie Was a Lady (1932) Nacio Herbert Brown Buddy Gard DeSylva (words)
perf15.jpg Little White Lies (1930) Walter Donaldson(w&m)
perf15.jpg My Man From Caroline (1930) Walter Donaldson
perf15.jpg Earful of Music (1934), An Walter Donaldson Gus Kahn (words)
perf15.jpg All Through the Night (1934) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Anything Goes (1934) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Gypsy in Me (1934) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg I Get a Kick Out of You (1934) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg You're the Top (1934) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Down in the Depths (1936) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Good-Bye, Little Dream, Good-Bye (1936) Cole Porter(w&m)
perf15.jpg  It's De-Lovely (1936) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Ours (1936) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Red, Hot and Blue (1936) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Ridin' High (1936) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg You've Got Something (1936) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Do I Love You? (1939) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Friendship (1939) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg It Was Written in the Stars (1939) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Fresh As a Daisy (1940) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg Let's Be Buddies (1940) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg My Mother Would Love You (1940) Cole Porter
perf15.jpg  This Is It (1939) Arthur Schwartz Dorothy Fields (words)
perf15.jpg Eadie Was a Lady (1932) Richard A. Whiting Nacio Herb Brown (words)
B.G. DeSylva (words)
perf15.jpg Turn Out the Light (1932) Richard A. Whiting(w&m) Herb Nacio Brown (co-author)
Vincent Youmans (co-author)
perf15.jpg You're an Old Smoothie (1932) Richard A. Whiting(w&m) Herb Nacio Brown (words)
B.G. DeSylva (words)
perf15.jpg Rise 'n' Shine (1932) Vincent Millie Youmans B.G. DeSylva (co-author)