Thursday, Sep. 18, 2008

Lyndon Johnson

Taking a cue from previous Presidents, Lyndon Johnson's campaign adopted their own Broadway tune, turning Hello, Dolly into Hello, Lyndon. Brand new at the time, it was the title song of the Jerry Herman musical that had swept that year's Tony Awards and helped then 63-year-old Louis Armstrong push the Beatles off the number one spot in the pop charts. Carol Channing — an original "Dolly" castmember — belted out Lyndon's version at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.

By Claire Suddath