TAKE A CHANCE



Composers: Nacio Herb Brown; Richard A. Whiting
Lyricist: B.G. DeSylva

Opened: November 26, 1932, Apollo Theatre, N.Y.C.
Performances: 243


Come Up And See Me Sometime (M: Arthur Swanstrom; L: Louis Alter) (added to the film version):

1. Album Of Mae West Songs, 10"/Mezzotone 1 (Mae West with the Josef Chernivasky Orchestra) [also 78/Cyclone 505; reissued on Come Up And See Me Sometime, CD/Living Era 5604]
2. 78/Vocalion mx 4144 (Cliff Edwards) [reissued on Saucy Songs, 1928-1938, CD/ABC Records 838216-2]
3. 78/Parlophone R 1775 (Binnie Barnes with orchestra)
4. 78/Brunswick 6885 (Ethel Waters with orchestra) [reissued on The Incomparable Ethel Waters, CD/Columbia/Legacy 65852]
5. 78/Victor 24389 (Ramona and Her Grand Piano) [reissued on Ramona And Her Grand Piano, CD/The Old Masters 116]
6. 45/Custom 102 (Parrakeet Phrases)
7. Raw At Town Hall, CD/Kritzerland (Emily Skinner)
8. Salty Dogs In New Orleans, CD/GHB Records 537 (Salty Dogs)
9. Come Up And See Us Sometime/The First Day Of Your Life, CD/See For Miles Records SEECD 478 (Stamford Bridge)
10. Agora Stomp, CD/Black & Blue 661 (Dumoustier Stompers)
11. Harlem Haunts My Soul, CD/Original Cast 5415 (Talya Ferro)
12. My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes, CD/Vocalion 6091 (Elsie Carlisle)
13. Mad About The Boy, CD/Garret Mountain Records CDP 0911 (David Brian Colbert and Clark Kinkade)


Eadie Was A Lady (subsequently used in the film EADIE WAS A LADY):

1. 78/Decca 24452 (Ethel Merman with the Take A Chance Octette and orchestra conducted by Victor Young) [also 78/Brunswick 6456; 78/Brunswick 01644; 78/Vocalion 15873; reissued on Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, CD/MCAD4-11353; The Ethel Merman Collection, CD/Razor & Tie Music 2144]
2. 78/Victor 24202 (Ramona with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra)
3. 78/Perfect 15715 (Cab Calloway, vocal, with Cab Calloway and His Orchestra) [also 78/Banner 32647; 78/Brunswick 01643; 78/Brunswick A 9361; 78/Melotone M 12583; reissued on The Chronological Cab Calloway And His Orchestra 1932, CD/Classics 537]
4. A Musical Autobiography, Decca (M) DX 153 (Ethel Merman with orchestra conducted by Jay Blackton) [reissued on Memories, CD/Sepia 1131]
5. Merman Sings Merman, London (S) XPS-901 (Ethel Merman with Stanley Black and the London Festival Orchestra & Chorus) [reissued on Merman Sings Merman/Ethel's Ridin' High, CD/Decca 4756150]
6. Wild-Wyler-Wildest, Jubilee (S) SDJLP 1100 (Gretchen Wyler with music direction by Shepard Coleman) [reissued on CD/Gretchen Wyler]
7. Ladies Of Burlesque, Legends (M) 1000/2 (Ann Miller)
8. Broadway Melody: The Classic Movie Musicals Of Nacio Herb Brown (1929-39), JJA (M) 19802 (Lillian Roth, Dorothy Lee & Chorus with orchestra conducted by Nat W. Finston)
9. Mermania! Vol. 2, CD/Harbinger Records 1806 (Ethel Merman)
10. The Very Thought Of You, CD/ASV/Living Era 5115 (Al Bowlly with Ray Noble and His Orchestra)
11. A Tribute To Lew Stone: The Legendary Monseigneur Band, CD/Claves Jazz 50-9507 (Lew Stone and His Orchestra)
12. Oh, What A Night For Romancing, CD/ASV/Living Era 5482 (Sam Browne)
13. I'll Cry Tomorrow, CD/Stage 9011 (Lillian Roth with the Jack Pleis Orchestra and Chorus)
14. I Want A Butter And Egg Man, CD/Rossco Records (Melody Anne with Jack "Jive" Schafer and His Band)
15. Merman … Her Greatest!, CD/Sepia 1221 (Ethel Merman with orchestra conducted by Jack Kane)


(Oh, How) I Long To Belong To You (M: Vincent Youmans):

1. Barbara Lea & Keith Ingham Celebrate Vincent Youmans, CD/A Records AL 73238 (Barbara Lea with Keith Ingham, piano; James Chirillo, guitar, and Greg Cohen, bass)
2. The Carioca: Songs Of Vincent Youmans Volume 2, CD/Arabesque Z6692 (Joan Morris and Robert White with William Bolcom, piano)
3. Through The Years With Vincent Youmans, CD/Audiophile ACD-89 (Ellie Quint with musical direction by Paul Trueblood)
4. DeSylva, Brown And Henderson Revisited Volume II, CD/Painted Smiles PSCD-145 (Mary Cleere Haran)
5. Art Lund Sings, Vol. 1, CD/ intage Jazz Band 1956 (Art Lund) (unverified)


I Want To Be With You (M: Vincent Youmans) (cut):

1. Mary Martin Sings For You, 10"/Columbia ML-2061 (Mary Martin with orchestra conducted by Lehman Engel) [reissued on American Songbook Series: Vincent Youmans, CD/Smithsonian RD 048-20]
2. Vincent Youmans Revisited, Painted Smiles PS-1352 (Blossom Dearie and Charles Rydell with musical direction by Norman Paris and Dick Hyman) [reissued as CD/Painted Smiles PSCD-142]
3. Barbara Lea & Keith Ingham Celebrate Vincent Youmans, CD/A Records AL 73238 (Barbara Lea with Keith Ingham, piano; James Chirillo, guitar, and Greg Cohen, bass)
4. The Carioca: Songs Of Vincent Youmans Volume 2, CD/Arabesque Z6692 (Joan Morris and Robert White with William Bolcom, piano)
5. Through The Years With Vincent Youmans, CD/Audiophile ACD-89 (Bob Quint with musical direction by Paul Trueblood)


It's Only A Paper Moon (M/L: Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, and Billy Rose) (added to the film version; originally used in THE GREAT MAGOO):

I have not attempted to compile discological information for this standard beyond composer and original cast renditions.
1. 78/Brunswick 01646 (Cliff Edwards) [also 78/Vocalion 2587; reissued on The Vintage Recordings Of Cliff Edwards, Take Two (M) TT-205]
2. Harold Arlen And His Songs, Capitol (M) T635 (Harold Arlen with orchestra conducted by Peter Matz) [reissued on St. Louis Woman/Harold Arlen And His Songs, CD/DRG 19078]
3. American Songbook Series: E.Y. Harburg, CD/Smithsonian RD 048-16 (E.Y. Harburg with Richard Leonard, piano) [also found on Yip Sings Harburg, CD/Koch International 3-7386-2 H1 (E.Y. Harburg and Jay Gorney with Jay Gorney, piano)]


My Lover (M: Vincent Youmans) (cut; same music as "Blue Bowery" from SMILES):

1. Orchids In The Moonlight: Songs Of Vincent Youmans, CD/Arabesque Z6670 (Joan Morris and Robert White with William Bolcom, piano)
2. Through The Years With Vincent Youmans, CD/Audiophile ACD-89 (Millie Slavin with musical direction by Paul Trueblood)
3. Vincent Youmans Revisited, CD/Painted Smiles PSCD-142 (Ann Hampton Callaway with accompaniment by Robert Marks)


(I'm A) Night Owl (M/L: Herman Hupfeld) (added to the film version):

1. 78/Brunswick 01646 (Cliff Edwards) [also 78/Vocalion 2587; reissued on Ukelele Ike, CD/Sony A-26475]


Rise 'N' Shine (M: Vincent Youmans) (later interpolated into RISE AND SHINE):

1. 78/Decca F5979 (Sydney Kyte and His Piccadilly Hotel Band)
2. 78/Columbia FB 1399 (Brian Lawrence and Anne Lenner with Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans) [reissued on Broadway Rhythms, Vol. 2, CD/Vocalion CDEA 6047]
3. 78/Decca 1088 (Denny Dennis with Roy Fox and His Orchestra) [reissued on Tea For Two: The Songs Of Vincent Youmans, CD/Living Era CD AJA 5379]
4. 78/Brunswick 6444 (Paul Small with Abe Lyman and His California Orchestra)
5. 78/Victor 24197 (Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra featuring Ramona and Her Grand Piano) [reissued on Ramona And Her Grand Piano, JJA (M) 19754]
6. I Want To Be Happy, Epic (S) BN 573 (Joe Harnell, piano with orchestra conducted by Frank Hunter and Joe Harnell)
7. Vincent Youmans Revisited, Painted Smiles PS-1352 (Charles Rydell and The Boys with musical direction by Norman Paris and Dick Hyman) [reissued as CD/Painted Smiles PSCD-142]
8. Barbara Lea & Keith Ingham Celebrate Vincent Youmans, CD/A Records AL 73238 (Barbara Lea with Keith Ingham, piano; James Chirillo, guitar, and Greg Cohen, bass)
9. The Carioca: Songs Of Vincent Youmans Volume 2, CD/Arabesque Z6692 (Joan Morris and Robert White with William Bolcom, piano)
10. Through The Years With Vincent Youmans, CD/Audiophile ACD-89 (Paul Trueblood and Rita Segree, pianos)
11. Settin' The Pace, CD/Original Jazz Classics 78 (John Coltrane)
12. Giant Steps, CD/Rhino 1311 (John Coltrane)
13. Heart Is A Melody, CD/Evidence 22063 (Pharoah Sanders)
14. Songs I Learned At My Mother's Knee & Other Low Joints, CD/Jazzology 220 (Marty Grosz and Destiny's Tots)
15. The Best Of Victor Young & The Brunswick Studio Orchestra 1932-1934, CD/Sony 70074 (Victor Young and the Brunswick Studio Orchestra)
16. Five-Fifteen: A Tribute To The BBC Dance Orchestra, CD/Divine Art 25034 (Martin Sander and His Swing Swindlers)
17. Jay And Kai + 6: The Jay And Kai Trombone Octet/J.J. In Person, CD/Collectables 5677 (The Jay & Kai Trombone Octet)
18. Night In Manhattan/Sings Vincent Youmans/Sings Irving Berlin, CD/Collectors' Choice Music 204 (Lee Wiley with Stan Freeman and Barbara Ames, pianos)
19. The Musicality Of Youmans, CD/JAY CDJAZ 9017 (Klea Blackhurst with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Aaron Gandy)
Unverified radio transcriptions performed by The Buccaneers Quartet, the Palais Royale Orchestra, the Ray Block Orchestra, and the Norman Cloutier Orchestra are also known to exist.


Should I Be Sweet (M: Vincent Youmans):

1. 78/Liberty Music Shop L 157 (Lois Elliman with Enric Madriguera and His Orchestra) [reissued on The Music On Broadway 1932, JJA (M) 19779]
2. 78/Liberty Music Shop L 15 (Marian Chase)
3. Vincent Youmans Revisited, Painted Smiles PS-1352 (Blossom Dearie and Dorothy Loudon with musical direction by Norman Paris and Dick Hyman) [reissued as CD/Painted Smiles PSCD-142]
4. Let Yourself Go, CD/Sony 89384 (Kristin Chenoweth)
5. Night In Manhattan/Sings Vincent Youmans/Sings Irving Berlin, CD/Collectors' Choice Music 204 (Lee Wiley with Stan Freeman and Barbara Ames, pianos)


So Do I (M: Vincent Youmans):

1. The Carioca: Songs Of Vincent Youmans Volume 2, CD/Arabesque Z6692 (Joan Morris and Robert White with William Bolcom, piano)


Turn Out The Light:

1. 78/Brunswick 6444 (Paul Small with Abe Lyman and His California Orchestra)
2. 78/Victor 24197 (Jack Fulton with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra) [reissued on The Music Of Broadway 1932, JJA (M) 19779]


You're An Old Smoothie (also used in NICE GOINGS ON):

1. 78/Decca F3670 (Jack Hylton and His Orchestra) [reissued on Cream Of Jack Hylton, CD/Pearl Flapper 9775]
2. 78/Columbia CB658 (Debroy Somers Band)
3. 78/HMV B8008 (Ramona and Her Grand Piano with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra) [also 78/Victor 24202]
4. 78/Parlophone R1624 (Patricia Rossborough, piano)
5. 78/Liberty Music Shop L 356 (Chauncey Gray and His El Morocco Orchestra)
6. 78/Coral 60608 (Les Brown and His Band of Renown) [reissued on Blue Skies, Vol. 2, CD/Blue Moon BMCD 3047]
7. 78/Bluebird B 10279 (Babs, Charlie, and Little with The Smoothies)
8. 78/Brunswick 6484 (Billy Hughes and Lee Wiley with Victor Young and His Serenaders) [reissued on American Songbook Series: Richard Whiting, CD/Smithsonian RD 048-22]
9. 45/Capitol F809 (Margaret Whiting with Frank DeVol and His Orchestra) [also found on Love Songs By Margaret Whiting, Capitol (M) T-410; reissued on Love Songs By Margaret Whiting/Margaret Whiting Sings For The Starry-Eyed, CD/EMI 493064]
10. 45/Columbia B-13341 (The Ray Conniff Singers) [reissued on It's The Talk Of The Town, CD/Columbia CK-8143]
11. 7"/Columbia S7 31367 (The Mitch Miller Gang) [reissued on Strolling Down Memory Lane, CD/Reader's Digest Music]
12. Hey…Let Yourself Go!, Capitol (M) T-814 (Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra) [reissued on Hey…Let Yourself Go!/C'mon…Get Happy!, CD/Collectors' Choice Music 145]
13. Goldie's 2 Pianos, Ruby (S) FRS-1736 (Goldie Hawkins & Wayne Sanders, pianos)
14. Provocative Percussion, Vol. 4, Command 834 (Command All-Stars)
15. A Gala Tribute To Joshua Logan, Friends Of The Theatre And Music Collection Of The Museum Of The City Of New York AC (Ethel Merman with music direction by Colin Romoff)
16. Best Beat Forward, Vik (M) LX-1131 (Diahann Carroll with orchestra conducted by George Siravo)
17. A Musical Autobiography, Decca (M) DX 153 (Ethel Merman with the Buddy Cole Quartet) [reissued on Memories, CD/Sepia 1131]
18. Merman: Her Greatest!, Reprise 6032 (Ethel Merman with orchestra conducted by Billy May) [reissued as CD/Sepia 1221]
19. Merman In Vegas, Reprise (S) R9-6062 [reissued as CD/Collectables 6193]
20. Together On Broadway: Ethel Merman & Mary Martin, Private LP (S) AG-77 (Ethel Merman)
21. The Fleischman Yeast Hour March 16, 1933, CD/Redmond Nostalgia CD-1260 (Rudy Valee and Alice Faye)
22. Manhattan Nights: The Complete Golden Years Studio Sessions, CD/Definitive Records DRCD11157 (Lee Wiley)
23. Jimmy's Happy/Jimmy's Blue, CD/Ace 2042 (Jimmy Clanton)
24. Ella Swings Lightly, CD/Verve 517535 (Ella Fitzgerald)
25. First Lady Of Song, CD/Verve 517898 (Ella Fitzgerald) (alternate take)
26. Mermania!, Vol. 2, CD/Harbinger Records 1806 (Ethel Merman)
27. The Very Thought Of You, CD/Discovery Records 70969 (Frank Strazzeri)
28. NBC Bandstand Live: Feb. 1957, CD/Collectors' Choice Music 32 (The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra)
29. Autumn Serenades, CD/Alanna 5586 (Michael Fortunato)
30. Everything The Traffic Will Allow, CD/Lunch Money Productions (Klea Blackhurst)
31. Great Songs Of 1932, CD/Delta BYD 77035 (unknown performer)
32. Together With Music, CD/DRG CDXP1103 (Mary Martin and Noel Coward with musical direction by Tutti Camarata)
A radio transcription performed by Gloria De Haven is also known to exist.


Unrecorded Material:

Charity
Humpty-Dumpty (cut)
I Got Religion (M: Vincent Youmans)
I'm Way Ahead Of The Game (cut)
The Life Of The Party
New Deal Rhythm (M: Roger Edens; L: E.Y. Harburg) (added to the film version)
Night, Hold Back The Dawn (cut)
She's Nuts About Me
Tickled Pink
Tonight Is Opening Night
Waltz (dance)