My Fair Lady (Broadway cast recording)

My Fair Lady
Cast recording by the original Broadway cast
Released April 2, 1956 (1956-04-02)
Recorded March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24)
Genre Show tunes
Length 53:44
Label Columbia Records
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The Broadway cast recording of the musical My Fair Lady was released as an album on April 2, 1956.[2] The songs were composed by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, while the cast included stars Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. The album became a massive seller, topping the charts on the US Billboard 200 for fifteen weeks at different times in 1956 (eight consecutive weeks), 1957, 1958 and 1959.[1] In the UK, upon its release in 1958, the album reached No.1 for 19 consecutive weeks and became the biggest-selling album of the year.[3] The album was released on Columbia Records, whose President, Goddard Lieberson provided the $375,000 needed to stage the show in return for the rights to the Cast recording.[2] The album was later re-issued on Compact disc in 1988 and has been re-released a number of times since.[4] It is currently available with bonus tracks.

A London cast recording of the musical, also starring Harrison and Andrews, was released as an album in 1959.[5]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitlePerformed byLength
1."Overture" / "Why Can't the English?"  Rex Harrison, Robert Coote and Julie Andrews3:09
2."Wouldn't It Be Loverly?"  Julie Andrews and Ensemble3:55
3."With a Little Bit of Luck"  Stanley Holloway, Gordon Dilworth, Rod McLennan and Chorus3:55
4."I'm an Ordinary Man"  Rex Harrison4:38
5."Just You Wait"  Julie Andrews2:41
6."The Rain in Spain"  Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Robert Coote and Ensemble2:39
7."I Could Have Danced All Night"  Julie Andrews, Philippa Bevans and Ensemble3:28
Side two
No.TitlePerformed byLength
1."Ascot Gavotte"  Chorus3:13
2."On the Street Where You Live"  John Michael King2:56
3."You Did It"  Rex Harrison, Robert Coote, Philippa Bevans and Ensemble4:25
4."Show Me"  Julie Andrews and John Michael King2:10
5."Get Me to the Church on Time"  Stanley Holloway, Gordon Dilworth, Rod McLennan and Chorus2:42
6."A Hymn to Him"  Rex Harrison3:28
7."Without You"  Julie Andrews2:01
8."I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face"  Rex Harrison5:14

Chart positions

Chart Year Peak
Billboard 200[6] 1956 1
UK Albums Chart[3] 1958 1


  1. 1 2 Ruhlmann, William. "Album overview and Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  2. 1 2 "Background information". Masterworks Broadway. 2002-05-28. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  3. 1 2 "Chart Stats - Original Soundtrack - My Fair Lady". Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  4. "CD issue". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  5. Ellen, Marjorie. "London edition". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  6. "My Fair Lady - Charts and Awards". Retrieved 12 April 2012.
Preceded by
The Duke Wore Jeans by Original Soundtrack
UK Albums Chart number-one album
10 May 1958 - 20 September 1958
Succeeded by
King Creole by Elvis Presley
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