marks a new chapter in Danny's illustrious career. All the songs chosen have a special
meaning or relevance to Danny.
The opening songs
"SMILE" and "THE SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE" not only mirror his attitude
to life but are featured regularly in his cabaret performance and always to great acclaim.
Danny has always
loved the music of Irving Berlin, so it's no coincidence that this unique collection
features no fewer than three songs from the pen of the great composer ... "I'VE GOT
MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM'. 'WHEN I LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND"
Danny delightfully duets with his long standing Show Biz friend
BARBARA WINDSOR in
The recording of
the Neil Sedaka song "BETTY GRABLE" was for Danny a particularly poignant and
emotional experience. Betty was a great personal friend and often visited
his West End nightclub.
Betts,' had opened
in "Hello Dolly" in Las Vegas and, typically of Danny, he had sent her his
personal good wishes from one Dolly" to another. Betty was already dying from
cancer. So great was her affection for Danny that she wrote to him thanking him for
unfortunately on the day the letter arrived, Betty passed away. The
recording movingly features the unique 'voice' of Betty Grable taken from the film
"Springtime In The Rockies" at the end of the song.
moment during the making of the album came during the recording of the song "I'LL BE
SEEING YOU". We could all tell from Danny's treatment of the words that they
obviously had special significance for him. He revealed privately later that his dear
friend the late 'Liberace' whose signature tune it was had asked him to carry on singing
the song for him. This request Danny has wonderfully carried out.
The whole album is
full of Danny's personal choices "I AM WHAT I AM". "THE BEST OF TIMES"
both from "La Cage Aux Folles" representing another great success for Danny and
of course, as previously mentioned, his original hit "ON MOTHER KELLY'S
DOORSTEP" which entered the charts in December '68 and stayed there for nine weeks.
There are a number
of songs that Danny sings on this recording for the very first time "LOSING MY
MIND" from Sondheims "Follies", "ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE"
from Lerner and Loewes "Brigadoon", Gershwin's "SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER
ME" and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING" from "Aspects
of Love." It was however "COLO" from "Barnum" that
so captivated Danny's imagination during the recording. In the early stages of rehearsals
he had decided in fact not to include it on the album. As producer I felt the song was so
right for Danny and the lyrics so relevant to his own life and philosophy that I pressed
him to reconsider. Generously he did and the finished result speaks for itself.
Danny is one of
our few national institutions, he is undoubtedly loved everywhere because of his unique
warmth and talent. At the very pinnacle of his success we all wish him many more years and
thank him for being, for so long. for all of us, the truly one and only DANNY LA RUE.