Pop Music Stars Doing Show Tunes

by Daniel Dern

Bobbi mentioned to me that she'd mentioned to you the Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hard CD which I'd loaned her...and that you're curious about it, being a musical theatre fan.

When I saw this CD listed in the Collector's Choice catalog, I dithered and finally ordered it. At first, I found it a little too "sweet" to play straight through, but enjoyable enough if put in 'random shuffle' rotation with three or four other CDs in my CD changer. Now, however, I find it's quite nice even straight through.

Although it was startling to come upon this as a concept collection, if you think about it, hearing a pop group like the Supremes do a bunch of show tunes is hardly surprising.

To name a few off-hand, consider "Till There Was Your" (from the Music Man), on one of the early Beatles albums. Or Jay and the Americans (who briefly lived in my home town... until a burning down their house during a party, if I recall correctly), singing, for example, "Some Enchanted Evening" (South Pacific, I think). Or the much more recent sampling of "Hard Luck Life" from Annie, on a rap song.

Anyway, if you like eclectic/unexpected covers of The Great American Songbook, here's some other CDs I recommend (and a few I dis-recommend), with some URLs


Red Hot And Blue, The Songs of Cole Porter. From an AIDS fundraiser.
Sinead O’Conner sings "You Do Something To Me." Also, the Neville Brothers, Tom Waits, Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop, David Byrne ("Don't Fence Me In"), Annie Lennox, U2 ("Night and Day"), KD Lang. Recommended

The Glory Of Gershwin
Includes: Summertime - Peter Gabriel, Nice Work If You Can Get It – Sting, Someone To Watch Over Me/Our Love Is Here To Stay - Elton John , But Not For Me - Elvis Costello, The Man I Love - Kate Bush, How Long Has This Been Going On - Jon Bon Jovi , Embraceable You - Oleta Adams, My Man's Gone Now - Sinead O'Connor , I Got Rhythm - Robert Palmer, Somebody Loves Me - Meat Loaf,

plus a closing Rhapsody in Blue with classical harmonicist Larry Adler. (not to be confused with John Sebastian Sr., father of Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian Jr., who was also a classical harmonica player -- I've still got a DGG LP of him)

The Songs Of West Side Story
There's a few non-gems on this, but the gems more than make up for it, e.g.: Prologue/ Jet Song - Brian Setzer, Tonight - Kenny Loggins and Wynonna, America - Natalie Cole, Patti Labelle And Sheila E, I Feel Pretty - Little Richard, Gee, Officer Krupke - Salt-N-Pepa, Def Jef, Lisa 'left Eye' Lopes, etc.. The CD is worth it just for the last two I've listed.

Linda Ronstadt, What's New/Lush Life/For Sentimental Reasons
If you like Nelson Riddle's lush orchestrations, you'll love this double-CD of what was originally three LPs.


I'd borrow this one before planning to buy it.


Rod Stewart sings the Great American Songbook, Volumes I and II.
I borrowed these from the library, courtesy of inter-library loan, and even that ended up being a bit much.