Songs: Dolly's My Sunflower

Everywhere you go, it's Hello, Dolly! Everybody is doing it: modern jazz groups, Dixieland groups, dance bands. Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Peter Nero, Al Hirt, Benny Goodman, Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence, Andre Kostelanetz. "I guess there hasn't been a big hit like this since Star Dust," says Manhattan Disk Jockey William B. Williams.

Jerry Herman originally wrote it just as a production number to get Carol Channing onstage in the second act of his Broadway musical. Then Louis Armstrong's recording hit the counters. Typically, Satchmo gave it a rasping rhythm and...

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