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There's No Business Like Show Business

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Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (arr. William James Duthoit)


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General Info

Year: 1946 / 1955
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Publisher: Chappell
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

There's No Business Like Show Business is an Irving Berlin song, written for the 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun and orchestrated by Ted Royal. The song, a slightly tongue-in-cheek salute to the glamour and excitement of a life in show business, is sung in the musical by members of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in an attempt to persuade Annie Oakley to join the production.

The song is also featured in the 1954 movie of the same name, where it is notably sung by Ethel Merman as the main musical number. In his liner notes for Susannah McCorkle's version of the song on her Ballad Essentials album Scott Yanow writes "usually performed as a corny razzle-dazzle romp, that piece was drastically slowed down by Susannah who performed all of its known lyrics, including stanzas that show Irving Berlin's lyrics were actually quite touching and meaningful".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • Plainville (Conn.) Wind Ensemble (Ken Bagley, conductor) – 8 June 2019


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