Friday, December 17, 2010
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Marilyn Monroe
Song:My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Of course everyone knows who Marilyn Monroe was. She wasn't a recording artist per se but she sang enough in movies that you can get all her music on CD. My Heart Belongs To Daddy is from the 1960 film Let's Make Love and there was a soundtrack album. Her performance of the song in the film is nothing short of astonishing when you consider her personal problems. Marilyn was the archetype blonde bombshell and got into the movie business by accident and was a star mostly because of her looks. But she was a capable actress and played off the bombshell image very shrewdly. And that's why her musical performances are notable. She was good. She was born Norma Jean Mortenson June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles and soon changed her name to Norma Jean Baker after her mother. But her mother had mental issues and was institutionalized. She obviously had a troubled childhood. She started doing modelling and was discovered by 20th Century Fox and signed a contract in 1946. But Fox didn't know what to do with her and she went to Columbia and did a few films until she returned to Fox in 1951 in All About Eve. Marilyn finally got her first starring role in the 1953 film Niagara. She sang in that film and that led to the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She did her own singing for the most part though Marni Nixon helped out. She signed a record contract with RCA but not much came from that. She left Fox mainly because she became unreliable but returned in 1960 for Let's Make Love co-starring Yves Montand. She played an actress and as in some of her other films, she sang a few songs including this jazzed up version of Cole Porter's My Heart Belongs To Daddy. Lionel Newman was nominated for an Oscar for the music in Let's Make Love. Of course as we all know, Marilyn's personal problems led to her death from a drug overdose on Aug. 5, 1962 at age 36. But you can get her music on budget CDs like this one from the heavy metal label Cleopatra. Here's Marilyn Monroe performing My Heart Belongs To Daddy in the 1960 film Let's Make Love.