Ethel Merman Disco Album

I've got rhythm... like no rhythm you've heard before.

Ethel Merman, 70's disco diva? It's true -- or at least, they gave it a shot with this surreal 1979 release on A&M records. With Cher and Streisand having blazed the trail, it was only a matter of time before Merman was called upon to belt out disco versions of her classic tunes.

Thank god disco died when it did... who knows how far it would have spread had it lasted?

Update: Saints preserve us the Ethel Merman Disco Album is now available on CD! Why scour thrift store record bins for the next six years when you can just click and buy online? It's just the thing for your next swinging dance party!

Ethel Merman Disco Album
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No Business Like Show Business (MP3) Ethel Merman sings disco like nobody's business!
I Got Rhythm (MP3) I got Merman. I got disco. Who could ask for anything more?

See Also: Polka Disco

Your Comments:

Ken ( says:
Is it going to be released in the UK?
(Or maybe it will just escape!) - Great stuff from Ethel - God Bless her! (09-01-2002)

sdavis ( says:
As a devoted Merman fan, I can't wait for her disco album to be reissued as a cd. (08-27-2002)

dcdupnt ( says:
'Disturbing' doesn't begin to describe the feeling I got listening to this.


Gregory Higgins ( ) says:
dear all,

I thought you might like to know that, as mentioned in Billboard magazine's 'Beat Box' column on 6 July, that 'The Ethel Merman Disco Album' is finally being rereleased this fall by Fynsworth Alley (distributed by Universal) !
Go to for further details...

I know i'll be ordering more that one copy !

Best Regards
Gregory Higgins

'everything's coming up roses...' (08-22-2002)

Lee Vass says:
Way to go Ethel! (08-21-2002)

jeffrey williams ( says:
I would like to play this album on my weekly radio show. Please advise if you know where this and other similar obscure recordings may be obtained. Thanks. P.S. We broadcast on the internet so anyone anywhere can listen. Go to our station's website and click on "live streaming" We broadcast on Sundays from 1-3 P.M. EST Please email with comments on the show if you like. (08-17-2002)

Daredevil6 ( says:
The first album officially endorsed by Satan. Just look at the lights in the album cover. Keep looking. Now look at the grin on Ethel's face. So say three Hail Mary's and drink three glasses of Blue Nun. (08-09-2002)

Jim Rosenberg ( says:
Now I know what heaven must be like. (08-06-2002)

crystal ( says:
where can i get this ethel merman disco cd? (08-04-2002)

Kayless says:
I?ve officially had my mind blown. This is simple indescribable, but let me just say... THIS IS THE SINGLE GREATEST THING TO OCCURE IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF MANKIND!!! I now know why I was put on this earth: To listen and bear witness this gloriously bizarre creation. There is a God. (07-19-2002)

Eggsngrits ( says:
Isn't this somehow redundant? I mean, you can't get much more over-the-top than Ethel Merman, and you certainly aren't going to find much restraint in anything that uses the word disco. Is this campy glam or glam camp? I must know! (07-16-2002)

Tony Kay ( says:
In 1987, my then-girlfriend (now wife!) and I were rifling through the 5-for-a-buck bin at our fave used record store when we discovered a 12-inch disco single: "There's No Business Like Show Business". Being the schlockoholics we were, we knew that plenty of anonymous studio bands put out disco versions of various swing and Broadway hits in the '70's, but the byline of this one was...

Ethel Merman.

Oh, my God.

Nothing can properly capture the sensation of slack-jawed amazement that passed on our faces upon hearing this singularly surreal audio experience. Nothing.

Recently we stumbled upon a burned CD of the Ethel Merman Disco Album, and (sorry, FCC)we scarfed it up. Incredible. (07-15-2002)

Ode to a Grasshopper says:
Time to light up, methinks... (07-12-2002)

Kameleon says:
AAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH - thanks for nothing Voodoo ;) (07-12-2002)

Mzzz Tasmania ( says:
This is absolute recording gold. Merman kicks sand into the eyes of the pop Barbie's MTV prefers to showcase.

Jeff - anymore news about which label will be bring this treasure out on cd??? (07-08-2002)

Kristin says:
Oh, I've got to get this CD. I'm actually smiling.

Think if this had been made today, I'm picturing music videos! Ethel in a glittering caftan, backup dancers in sparkling fishnets. Boogie down Ethel! (07-05-2002)

Tokyo Callink ( says:
Hmmm... Could this be the real reason Pavarotti is retiring? (07-05-2002)

David Trumper ( says:
Thank God for this album. Whoever designed the concept is a either a genius or a madperson. Is it inspiration or insanity? Whichever it may be, it has given a lot of (dubious) pleasure to a lot of people - and in this world, that's no mean feat so, LONG LIVE THE ETHEL MERMAN DISCO ALBUM officiandos 'cos you're real special guys and girls! (07-01-2002)

Badandy says:
Lucia Pamela taught her everything she knows! (06-24-2002)

ogie juliano ( says:
luv it! luv it! luv it!!! (06-16-2002)

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