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Learn more about Ethel Merman, the Show Biz Entertainer

Updated on August 6, 2011

An Ethel Merman Tribute - by me (ProCW)

To be sung to the tune of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (the chorus).

 

There's no Ethel
  like yo' Ethel,
like no Ethel,
  I know.

Ev'rything about her
  is appealing.
Ev'rything my traffic
  will allow. 
Nowhere can you find
  my sappy feelings,
unless you're stealing
  my content. Ow!

There's no Merman
  like yo' Merman,
like no Merman,
  I know.

Even though there's lots
  of other content - old! 
They'll soon be stranded,
  'cause I am bold. 
Still I cannot change it
  for my track is told,
I'll show
  'bout her below!

Her star still shines bright!

I Got Rhythm!

I got Music!

I got my pen!

Who could ask for anything more?

♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

Alright, alright. Those aren't quite the lyrics, but I write plays... so, what better way to throw a little writing reference in there?

I Got Rhythm is a Hit Song from the Broadway musical, Girl Crazy. It has been, without a doubt, one of the most notable and one of the best of the many songs that were performed on stage by Ethel Merman.

In fact the song, didn't come close to stopping with Merman's success! I Got Rhythm has had MANY great performances by MANY great performers!

Some of them are: Ernestine Anderson, Fred Astaire, Melinda Dolittle, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, and Barbra Streisand.

♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

This is Ethel! She was such a great performer!

Anything Goes

Another of the fantastic Broadway Shows that had the grace of Ethel Merman's presence was Anything Goes!

The musical, written by Cole Porter, has received acclaim after acclaim after (you guessed it) acclaim!

It was originally written for stage, but has also been adapted for screen and television too!

There's No Business Like Show Business - Performed by Ethel Merman

There's No Business Like Show Business

Let me start this section by saying, I'm sorry for the parody-esque lyrics above. :) I didn't do the song justice and I know that! :)

But Ethel Merman did!!!

Anyway, There's No Business Like Show Business (the Reprise) is another of the GREAT songs performed by Ethel Merman.

Starring as Annie Oakley in the original Broadway Show, Annie Get Your Gun, she and the show did extrememly well; both in New York and London (1946 & 1947).

It was even revived again in 1966 (20 years later) with Ethel Merman starring as Annie (again)!

She also sang it on The Judy Garland Show. See Ethel Merman perform There's No Business Like Show Business with Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand in the video to the right.

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    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks William

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Ethel Merman really belted out a song as demonstated by your great videos, ProCW. She made two movies with Bing Crosby, "We're Not Dressing" in 1934 and "Anything Goes" in 1936. Nice hub.

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      :) I'm not so sure of that..... :)

      I bet your voice has a number of undiscovered talents... :)

    • Shirley Anderson profile image

      Shirley Anderson 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks. My head voice is a million times better than my vocal voice! :)

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks, Shirley! :) Hehe... I can hear Ethel singin' it now... :) hehe

      I bet you have a lovely "head voice" :)

      Yes, she did have a VERY powerful voice and her diction is quite perfect! :) Now, why would she yell at you???  :)

      Yup... VERY talented!!! VERY entertaining!!!

      She's most definitely one of my all-time favorites! Too bad that I never got to see her perform in person... and I think she'd have been a fantastic person to meet!!!

      Thanks again! :) I like "Thumbs up!" A WHOLE LOT!!! :)

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      Shirley Anderson 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub, CW!  Loved your tribute at the top, very catchy, Ethel would love it!  I was singing it in my head as I was reading the words.

      Man, she had a clear and powerful voice!  I wouldn't want her yelling at me.  :)

      I used to watch Annie Oakley when I was a little girl, but I don't think I knew that Ether Merman played Annie on stage.  Huh.  A talented woman!

      Thumbs up!

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a match,

      Find me a find, catch me a catch...

      :) Matchmaker was my favorite song in Fiddler :)

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Now I have always loved Fidler on the Roof. The story line really got me wrapped up into that one :).

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      LOVE both of those!!! :)

      Hmm... my favorite musical...

      I have a few favorites.... .... .... :)

      - A Chorus Line is at the top of my favorites!

      - Chicago is definitely up there!!!

      - Fiddler

      - Rent

      - Guys and Dolls

      - Into the Woods

      **** I can't pick an absolute favorite... :(

    • Uninvited Writer profile image

      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      What is your favourite musical? I love West Side Story and Singing in the Rain.

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      :) I can see where you're comin' from... :)

      I do love musicals! :) Especially the older ones! :)

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I liked the song, it was good. I do not dislike Ethel or anything, I think I just do not like musicals as much as you do. II know theater people loves these though :).

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Did you at least like performing the song? :)

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I was not much of a Ethel Merman fan personally, but I know she performed some great songs.  My fourth grade teacher loved her and used to have us sing There's No Business Like Show Business for our choir performances.

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      I LOVE how loud she was! :)

      Belting was definitely one of the best attributes of Ms. Merman! :)

      Thanks for the comment! :)

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      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Mostly I remember how loud Ethel Merman was :) Great hub.

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