Mad About the Boy


Mad About the Boy

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title = Mad About the Boy
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comment = Introduced in the 1932 revue "Words and Music"


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writer = Noël Coward
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published = 1932
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language = English
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original_artist = Joyce Barbour
Steffi Duna
Norah Howard
Doris Hare
recorded_by = Noël Coward with orchestra conducted by Ray Noble
Phyllis Robins with Jack Hylton & his Orchestra
Anona Wynn with the Blue Lyres
Elsie Carlisle with Ray Starita & his Ambassadors Band
Maxine Sullivan
Patti Page
Many other artists; see #Other recorded versions
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"Mad About the Boy" is a popular song with words and music by Noël Coward.

It was introduced in the 1932 revue "Words and Music" by Joyce Barbour, Steffi Duna, Norah Howard and Doris Hare.

Notable recordings

* Noël Coward with orchestra conducted by Ray Noble in London on September 20, 1932. The recording was not issued at the time but has been included in CD collections.
* Phyllis Robins with Jack Hylton & his Orchestra in London on October 3, 1932.
* Anona Wynn with the Blue Lyres in London in October 1932.
* Elsie Carlisle with Ray Starita & his Ambassadors Band in London on November 5, 1932.
* Maxine Sullivan on May 1, 1940.
* Patti Page on the album "The Waltz Queen"

Other recorded versions

* Georgia Brown
* Blossom Dearie
* Buddy DeFranco
* Marianne Faithfull
* Frances Faye
* Helen Forrest
* Jackie Gleason
* Gogi Grant
* Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
* Lena Horne
* Cleo Laine
* Gertrude Lawrence
* Beatrice Lillie
* Julie London
* Billy May
* Carmen McRae
* Anita O'Day
* Esther Ofarim
* Eartha Kitt
* Elaine Paige
* Dinah Shore
* Jeri Southern
* Maxine Sullivan
* Dinah Washington

Pop culture references

* In the 1950 movie "Sunset Boulevard", Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) gives her boy-toy Joe Gillis (William Holden) a gold cigarette case on New Year's Eve. Engraved inside the cover is,"TO JOE FROM NORMA", and two bars of music -- with the inscription "Mad about the Boy".

* The song gained new popularity in 1992 when Dinah Washington's rendition was used in the Levi's ad "Swimmer" directed by Tarsem Singh.

* In 'Allo 'Allo, Gruber sings this song while seated at Rene's cafe piano.


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