June 1, 2015

20,000 Vinyl LPs 42: Some Like It Hot ~ Marilyn Monroe sings, "I Wanna Be Loved by You"

vinyl LP album
photo of album by Styrous®

On June 1, 1926, 89 years ago today, Norma Jeane Mortenson was born to Gladys Pearl Baker (née Monroe) at the Los Angeles County Hospital

 Norma Jeane Mortenson
photographer unknown

On Thursday, February 23rd, 1956, Norma Jeane obtained an order from the City Court of the State of New York to legally change her name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe.  

Marilyn Monroe - circa 1950
photographer unknown 

As Marilyn Monroe, she made many films and I loved them all; but my two favorite movies of hers, one a drama the other a comedy, are Niagara . . .   

Niagara ~ movie poster

. . . in which she is, according to the movie poster, " . . . a raging torrent of emotion that even nature can't control!" 

WOW! . . . 

. . . and Some Like It Hot

Double WOW!

Some Like It Hot movie poster

In the film directed by Billy Wilder, Monroe plays, Sugar "Kane" Kowalczyk, a singer who also plays a ukulele (a popular instrument in the '20's) in an all-girl band. Sugar is also a sucker for male sax players, whom she has sworn off because they have stolen her heart in the past and left her with "the fuzzy end of the lollipop". 

Joe (Tony Curtis), a sax player, and Jerry (Jack Lemmon), who plays bass, are running away from a gangster (George Raft) so they hide out in drag as Josephine and Daphne with the girl orchestra. Needless to say, the situations are hysterical!    

Some Like It Hot ~ soundtrack
vinyl LP album back
photo of album by Styrous®

The action of the film takes place in the 1920's during prohibition with all the follies that came with it. Most of the music, of course, is from that era as well. The songs include: Runnin' Wild, Sugar Blues, Down Among the Sheltering Palms, By the Beautiful Sea, La Cumparsita, Sweet Sue, Just You, Sweet Georgia Brown, and, of course, the tune that defined that era, I Wanna Be Loved by You, brilliantly sung by Monroe. 

Loved by You is my favorite cut from the album/film. Her version of the song is exquisite; she has all the sex combined with innocence that only Monroe could have carried across (links below to the song on YouTube). 

Some Like It Hot ~ soundtrack
vinyl LP label, side 1
photo of label by Styrous®

I Wanna Be Loved by You was first performed in the 1928 Broadway musical, Good Boy, by Helen Kane, who became known as the 'Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl' because of her baby-talk, scat-singing tag line to that song. It was recorded right when Kane's popularity started to reach its peak, and became her signature song.

 Helen Kane (August 4, 1904 – September 26, 1966)

However, Kane had swiped the "Boop" scat singing style from an African American performer by the name of "Baby Esther".

Esther Jones ~ photographer unknown              


In 1930, a cartoon character named Betty Boop was introduced in the animated film, Dizzy Dishes.

Betty Boop performs I Wanna Be Loved by You in the 1980s animated film The Romance of Betty Boop.

©King Features Syndicate, Inc./Fleischer Studios, Inc.

There were some pretty hefty lawsuits flying back and forth involving the three characters and they continue even to this day! Who owns Betty Boop?     

Some Like It Hot ~ soundtrack
vinyl LP label, side 2
photo of label by Styrous®

Marilyn Monroe sings I Wanna Be Loved By You from the film on YouTube   
Marilyn Monroe sings I Wanna Be Loved By You (original version) on YouTube     

Betty Boop (Helen Kane) sings, I Wanna Be Loved by You on YouTube       
From the 1928 show Good Boy, as performed by Helen Kane YouTube         
The Romance of Betty Boop on YouTube     

Marilyn . . . 
You'll always be loved by me! 

Styrous® ~ Monday, June 1, 2015

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