Kritzerland is proud to present the latest release in the Ben Bagley Revisited series:
BEN BAGLEY’S VINCENT YOUMANS REVISITED
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Harold Adamson, Ann Caldwell, Sidney Clare, B.G. DeSylva, Ira Gershwin, Mack Gordon, Clifford Grey, Oscar Hammerstein, Otto Harbach, Edward Heyman, Bryan Hooker, Gus Kahn, Bud McCreery, Billy Rose
Vincent Youmans was certainly one of the leading Broadway composers of his day, writing with some of the best lyricists on Broadway, including the likes of Ira Gershwin, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Caesar, Leo Robin, Howard Dietz, Edward Heyman, Harold Adamson, B.G. DeSylva, and more. Today he’s pretty much forgotten, but in his short life he wrote several hit Broadway musicals that produced several standards of The Great American Songbook.
He began as a song plugger, then became a rehearsal pianist for Victor Herbert. His first Broadway musical as a composer came in 1921 with Two Little Girls in Blue, with Ira Gershwin doing the lyrics. “Oh Me, Oh My” from the show became his first hit. But his biggest hit and the show he will be forever known for was No, No, Nanette, written with Irving Caesar in 1925. It was a smash hit then and an equally big hit when it had a brilliant revival in 1971. That show gave the world two huge hits – the immortal “Tea for Two” and “I Want to Be Happy.” He also wrote the songs for the first Astaire/Rogers musical, Flying Down to Rio, which included another hit, “The Carioca.”
Youmans passed away from tuberculosis in 1946 at the much too young age of 47. In 1970, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Youmans left behind a lot of unpublished music, so he was a perfect composer for Ben Bagley’s Revisited Series. And Ben assembled a wonderful cast to perform a lot of undiscovered gems, including the one and only Dorothy Loudon, Cab Calloway, Mary McCarty, Gloria DeHaven, Blossom Dearie, Charles Rydell, and the most surprising choice, the brilliant actress, Maureen Stapleton. In addition to the fifteen songs from the original LP release, for the first CD release Ben added seven additional songs, with performances by Ann Hampton Callaway and the much-missed Mary Cleere Haran.
There are many delightful gems here and as Ben said himself, it’s “… a record that every phonograph should know.” The original CD release is quite rare and is pricey, so, as always, it’s a pleasure to make it available once again. As we’ve done for all these releases, we’ve considerably spruced up the sound for this new release. And the cover art is, of course, by the great Harvey Schmidt.
VINCENT YOUMANS REVISITED is limited to 500 copies only and priced at $19.98, plus shipping. This is a PRE-ORDER – CDs will ship by the first week of November, but never fear, we’ve actually been averaging three to five weeks early in terms of shipping ahead of the official ship date. Lately, the pressing plant has been slower than usual due to the pandemic, but things are finally getting back on track.
Also note that your PayPal receipt is the only receipt you get – we don’t send out confirmations beyond that.