Hear Dora perform on two newly released CD’s of the London Cast recordings of two of her most successful West End musicals:
The Water Gipsies from 1955 and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes from 1961.
The Water Gipsies with music by Vivian Ellis and Lyrics by A. P. Herbert includes two Dora Bryan classics, the tongue-twisting “Why Did You Call Me Lily?” and the reflective “You Never Know With Men”. In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes which has a score by Jule Styne and Leo Robin Dora gets to perform the show-stopping “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” in her inimitable style.
Priced at £10 each both CDs can be purchased during your visit to the exhibition from the museum shop located in the Art Gallery.
Our Dora Bryan Duke Box also includes excerpts from her 1958 review Living For Pleasure, and a snatch from her hilarious Top Twenty single from 1963 All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle, not forgetting the B side If I Were A Fairy. Enjoy!
From the 1958 West End revue Living For Pleasure, Garrick Theatre, London
Lyrics & Sketches by Arthur Macrae
Music by Richard Addinsell
No Ball (sketch) – Dora Bryan & Patience Collier
The Pretty Miss Brown – Dora Bryan, Susan Beaumont & The Company
Friends (sketch) – Dora Bryan & Patience Collier
No Better Than I Should Be – Dora Bryan
From the 1955 West End musical The Water Gipsies, Winter Garden Theatre, London
Lyrics by A.P. Herbert
Music by Vivian Ellis
Why Did You Call Me Lily? – Dora Bryan
Lily’s Tale – Dora Bryan
It Would Cramp My Style – Dora Bryan & Roy Godfrey
You Never Know With Men – Dora Bryan
From the 1961 West End musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Strand Theatre, London
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Jule Styne
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend – Dora Bryan
A Little Girl From Little Rock – Dora Bryan
Dora Bryan’s Top Twenty single from 1963
Words & Music by Gladys Benton
A side – All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle
B side – If I Were A Fairy