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Friday, March 13, 2009

WFRL: Tchaikovsky & Other Russians

Danny Kaye
Tchaikovsky & Other Russians
Lyric by Ira Gershwin
Music by Kurt Weill

Danny Kaye
January 18, 1913 - March 3, 1987

His fame began when he became the first man--at least the first in recorded history--to sing a song in which he named 54 Russian composers in 38 seconds.

The song was "Tchaikovsky." The place was Broadway's Alvin Theater on January 21, 1941.

The show was Moss Hart's Musical Lady in the Dark.

The man was Danny Kaye.

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