Sunday, April 16, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-John Kander and Fred Ebb

Artist:John Kander and Fred Ebb
Song:It'll All Blow Over
Album:Cabaret: Original Broadway Cast

John Kander and Fred Ebb are one of the most successful songwriting teams in history. They have written plenty of musicals. Cabaret was their first successful show. It'll All Blow Over is one of four songs rejected for the 1966 production of Cabaret. Demos of these songs sat in the Columbia vault for years until they were added to the 1998 CD release as bonus tracks. Kander was born Mar. 18, 1927 in Kansas City, MO. He was in the Merchant Marines and the Army Reserves while studying at Columbia University. After his discharge, he wrote dance arrangements for West Side Story and Irma La Douce. Then he wrote the 1962 musical A Family Affair with James and William Goldman. Ebb was born Apr. 8, 1928 in New York City. He also studied at Columbia. Ebb wrote songs with Phil Springer and Paul Klein and he worked on a couple of Broadway revues. Their music publisher introduced them in 1962. They wrote a couple of songs together and then Hal Prince hired them to write Flora The Red Menace which starred Liza Minnelli when it was on Broadway in 1965. Then Prince hired them to write Cabaret and that was their breakthrough. It'll All Blow Over was one of four songs not used in the show. The song was supposed to run at the end of act one when Fraulein Schneider (Lotte Lenya) and Cliff (Bert Convy) are worried that marrying a Jew wasn't a good idea. Sally (Jill Haworth) sings the song to convince them there is nothing to worry about. This and the other deleted songs sat unreleased until Columbia's 1998 CD of Cabaret. Kander and Ebb perform demos of the songs with brief introductions. Of course Kander and Ebb have written several successful shows including Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Ebb died in 2004 but Kander is still writing shows. His musical Kid Victory written with Greg Pierce recently opened on Broadway. Here's a video for It'll All Blow Over performed as a demo by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

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