The Persian Room Presents Diahann Carroll (1958)

Everything's Coming Up Roses
(Sondheim/Styne) from Gypsy
Shopping Around
(H. Rome) from Wish You Were Here
Goody Goody
I Wish I Were In Love Again
(Rodgers/Hart) from Babes In Arms
All Or Nothing At All
Am I Blue
(Clarke/Akst) from On With the Show
Taking A Chance On Love
(Latouche/Fetter/Duke) from Cabin in the Sky
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
(Arlen/Harburg) from Cabin in the Sky
After You've Gone
Stormy Weather
Heat Wave
(I. Berlin) from As Thousands Cheer
Reprise: Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
(Arlen/Harburg) from Cabin in the Sky


Recorded live at the Persian Room, Plaza Hotel, New York, February 4, 1960.
Orchestra conducted by Peter Matz. Miss Carroll's act staged by Phil Moore. Recording supervised by Don Costa.

Here follows the original linear notes:

DIAHANN CARROLL is just about the most exciting female performer to emerge in recent years. I have seen many performers who are beautiful, charming, and lovely-voiced but the difference between a good and a great performer is a little thing - and Diahann has it. It is an intensity, a focused energy, a concentration of power which commands attention to the exclusion of everything else.
  I was present at Diahann's opening night at the Persian Room. After she finished with us - literally - I tried to sort my thoughts. This beautiful fragile, delicately feminine young woman singing "Heat Wave" made us believe in her as the most dangerous of "Femme Terrible", became a lyrical, wistful maiden-in-love singing "Misty" and a charming child-woman singing "Goody, Goody". It was a total performance, not just a gesture here and a facial expression there. She became all these personalitys and we in the audience believed in her. To paraphrase from Diahann's opening song (which quite by accident happens to be one of mine) "Everything's Coming Up Roses For Her, and for her, and for her, etc."
-Jules Styne


Released on CD in 2005, as part of the The Magic of Diahann Carroll compilation CD.