Thursday, May 15, 2008

May 15, 1958: The movie musical Gigi opened

Originally posted November 22, 2008. Last updated September 3, 2018.

Gigi (soundtrack/cast)

Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics)/ Frederick Loewe (music)

Movie Opened: May 15, 1958

Soundtrack Charted: June 23, 1958

Cast Album Charted: February 9, 1974

Sales (in millions):
US: 0.5 S
UK: --
IFPI: --
World (estimated): 0.5 S

US: 110-S
UK: 2 S
Canada: --
Australia: --

C cast album
S soundtrack

Quotable: --

Genre: show tunes

Album Tracks – Soundtrack:

  1. Gigi Overture (MGM STUDIO ORCHESTRA)
  2. Thank Heaven for Little Girls (MAURICE CHEVALIER/ MGM STUDIO CHORUS)
  5. Waltz at Maxim’s (She’s Not Thinking of Me) (LOUIS JOURDAN/ MGM STUDIO ORCHESTRA)
  6. The Night They Invented Champagne (LESLIE CARON/ BETTY WAND/ HERMIONE GINGOLD)
  8. Say a Prayer for Me Tonight (BETTY WAND)
  9. I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore (MAURICE CHEVALIER)
  10. Gigi (Gaston’s Soliloquy) (LOUIS JOURDAN)
  11. Finale


After the Broadway magic of 1956’s My Fair Lady, Lerner & Loewe turned their talents toward movie making. Alan Jay Lerner wrote a screenplay for Gigi, based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. He also provided the lyrics for the film’s featured songs and Frederick Loewe created the music, which was arranged and conducted by AndrĂ© Previn. WK-S

The film, directed by Vincente Minnelli, “is considered the last great Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical and the final great achievement of the Freed Unit, headed by producer Arthur Freed.” WK-S The blockbuster was nominated for and won a then-recording-breaking nine Academy Awards. It was selected to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry and made the American Film Institute’s list of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions. WK-S

“The story concerns Gigi, a free-spirited teenaged girl living in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. She is being groomed as a courtesan in her family's tradition. Before she is deemed ready for her social debut, she encounters the bon vivant bachelor Gaston Lachaille, whom she captivates as she is transformed into a charmingly poised young lady.” WK-C

The film “reminds us why modern Hollywood can at times be dismissed with the wave of a hand. This is a grand musical, with seeds sown for much of the movie music that would follow, with even hints of what John Williams would steal for Star Wars. Frederick Loewe’s music is playful and engaging, but the highlight simply has to be Maurice Chevalier. His turns at Thank Heaven for Little Girls, It’s a Bore (with Louis Jourdan), and the hilarious I Remember It Well are timeless classics. The entire album has successfully incorporated a wonderful Parisian feel that lounge artists like Esquivel would go on to emulate.” SW

In 1973, Gigi was made into a stage musical. “The original Broadway production, produced by Edwin Lester in 1973, ran for a disappointing 103 performances but won the Tony Award for Best Score. A West End production played in 1985. A new production of the musical, adapted by Heidi Thomas and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer, premiered at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) in January 2015, and ran on Broadway[1] from April 8 to June 21, 2015 at the Neil Simon Theatre.” WK-C

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Burt Bacharach: Top 50 Songs

First posted 12/15/2019.

Burt Bacharach is a pianist, composer, and producer born on this day 80 years ago – May 12, 1928 – in Kansas City, MO. Frequently partnered with lyricist Hal David. Through 2006, Bacharach had written 70 Top 40 hits in the U.S. and 52 Top 40 hits in the U.K. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.

Top 50 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on the following charts have been noted: Billboard Hot 100 pop charts (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard R&B chart (RB), Billboard country chart (CW), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), Canadian pop chart (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. That's What Friends Are For (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder, 1985) #1 US, AC, RB, CN, AU
2. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (B.J. Thomas, 1969) #1 US, CB, HR, AC, CN
3. They Long to Be Close to You (Carpenters, 1970) #1 US, CB, HR, AC, CN, AU

DMDB Top 5%:

4. Walk on By (Dionne Warwick, 1964)
5. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) (Christopher Cross, 1981) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, AC
6. On My Own (Patti LaBelle with Michael McDonald, 1986) #1 US, CB, RR, RB, CN
7. I Say a Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin, 1968)
8. This Guy’s in Love with You (Herb Alpert, 1968) #1 US, CB, HR, AC, CN, AU
9. Always Something There to Remind Me (Naked Eyes, 1983)

DMDB Top 10%:

10. What the World Needs Now Is Love (Jackie DeShannon, 1965) #1 CN
11. Magic Moments (Perry Como, 1957) #1 UK
12. Heartlight (Neil Diamond, 1982) 31 AC

DMDB Top 20%:

13. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (Dionne Warwick, 1969) #1 AC
14. Baby It’s You (The Shirelles, 1961)
15. Any Day Now (Ronnie Milsap, 1982) #1 AC, CW
16. Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa (Gene Pitney, 1963)
17. Wives and Lovers (Jack Jones, 1963)
18. Only Love Can Break a Heart (Gene Pitney, 1962) #1 AC
19. Do You Know the Way to San Jose? (Dionne Warwick, 1968)
20. One Less Bell to Answer (The 5th Dimension, 1970) #1 AC

21. Trains and Boats and Planes (Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, 1965)
22. The Look of Love (Dusty Springfield, 1967)
23. Don’t Make Me Over (Dionne Warwick, 1962)
24. Love Power (Dionne Warwick with Jeffrey Osborne, 1987) #1 AC
25. Anyone Who Had a Heart (Dionne Warwick, 1963)
26. Wishin’ and Hopin’ (Dusty Springfield, 1964)
27. Blue on Blue (Bobby Vinton, 1963) #1 HR
28. A House Is Not a Home (Brook Benton, 1964)
29. Casino Royale (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, 1967) #1 AC
30. Make It Easy on You (Jerry Butler, 1962)
31. I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself (Gary Puckett, 1970

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

32. My Little Red Book (Love, 1966)
33. Please Stay (The Drifters, 1961)
34. Making Love (Roberta Flack, 1982)
35. Alfie (Stevie Wonder as Eivets Rednow, 1968)
36. What’s New Pussycat? (Tom Jones, 1965) #1 CN
37. To Wait for Love (Herb Alpert, 1968)
38. Tower of Strength (Gene McDaniels, 1961)
39. You’ll Never Get to Heaven if You Break My Heart (Dionne Warwick, 1964)
40. The Story of My Life (Marty Robbins, 1957) #1 CW

41. Blue Guitar (Richard Chamberlina, 1963)
42. Who Is Gonna Love Me? (Dionne Warwick, 1968)
43. True Love Never Runs Smooth (Gene Pitney, 1963)
44. Saturday Sunshine (Burt Bacharach, 1963)
45. Reach Out for Me (Dionne Warwick, 1964) #1 RB
46. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Gene Pitney, 1962)
47. Promises, Promises (Dionne Warwick, 1968)
48. The Windows of the World (Dionne Warwick, 1967)
49. I’m a Better Man for Having Loved You (Engelbert Humperdinck, 1969)
50. The April Fools (Dionne Warwick, 1969)