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Saturday, November 28, 2015

2015 Christmas Countdown featuring Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman is a grande dame of the Broadway stage and an entertainment icon. She is such an icon of the stage, recording industry and film, in fact, that her image ended up on a US postage stamp. I still have one, and I keep it pinned to my bulletin board.

But here she is on a Christmas episode of tv's Sesame Street, spreading good cheer by belting out "Tomorrow" (from Annie) like there's no tomorrow!
That damned sun better come out if it knows what's best for it!

Clearly, her performance inspired Grace Jones' spirited rendition of the song. At this stage of her career, The Merm may look as if she's morphing into Bert Lahr, but her voice is undiminished by time, as powerful as ever and singularly that of Ethel Merman's.

"Imogene! What's the matter? You look like an idiot!"

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