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The Ballad of John LatoucheAn American Lyricist's Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190458294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190458294.001.0001

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The Vamp

The Vamp

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The Ballad of John Latouche

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

Latouche and African-American composer James Mundy originally set out to write an all black music called Samson and Lila Dee, based on the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. But this project evolved into the 1955 musical farce about the early days of the Hollywood film industry, The Vamp, starring Carol Channing. The out-of-town reviews were good, but the show flopped on Broadway. This chapter also surveys Latouche’s popular songs from this period, including collaborations with Leonard Bernstein, Donald Fuller, Ulpio Minucci, John Strauss, Marvin Fisher, and others.

Keywords:   The Vamp, James Mundy, Carol Channing, Leonard Bernstein, Donal Fuller, Marvin Fisher, Ulpio Minucci, Charlotte Rae

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