Pearl Bailey sings “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from Sweet Charity.
I think I mentioned in an early post that the UK’s copyright laws aren’t nearly as insane as those in the US, so albums that are still under copyright here are in the public domain there. That’s how I got a budget-priced bootleg of the soundtrack to the film adaptation of Porgy and Bess. The soundtrack (like, I’m told, the film) is sort of hit and miss, but I have nothing but love for Pearl Bailey leading the chorus in “I Can’t Sit Down.”
Thanks for bringing this to my attention (in response to my posting of the current Broadway production’s take on this song)! This is a movie that I was led to believe I’d probably never be able to see, because of weird rights issues or whatever. But then I was able to torrent it. So…2012 everyone. It’s really cool. The movie is often flat and somewhat lifeless, but there are many great moments. And Pearl Bailey is heaven. This is wonderful.
Joan Crawford Gypsy Rose Lee And Pearl Bailey