Hello Dolly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1969)

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Dolly LP Cover

(Above: DOLLY LP album cover; Below: LP gatefold album spread)

Dolly gatefold


  1. Just Leave Everything To Me [3:22] *
  2. It Takes A Woman [3:03]
  3. It Takes A Woman (Reprise) [2:13] *
  4. Put On Your Sunday Clothes [5:27] *
  5. Ribbons Down My Back [2:26]
  6. Dancing [3:26] *
  7. Before The Parade Passes By [4:50] *
  8. Elegance [2:55]
  9. Love Is Only Love [3:07] *
  10. Hello, Dolly! [7:50] *
  11. It Only Takes A Moment [4:07]
  12. So Long Dearie [2:36] *
  13. Finale [4:16] *

* Streisand vocals

Note: Marianne McAndrew's (“Irene Molloy”) vocals were dubbed by Melissa Stafford (solo vocals) and Gilda Maiken (ensemble vocals).

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About the Album & CD

Jerry Herman contribued two new songs for the Dolly movie which were not originally in the Broadway play. The new ballad for the film, “Love is Only Love,” is the same music as “Gotta Be A Dream” which was written for a 1961 Jerry Herman musical, Madame Aphrodite (which ran for 13 performances). The song was then rewritten as “Love is Only Love” for Herman's 1966 hit musical, Mame— but it was cut from the show. Herman then interpolated the song into the Hello, Dolly! movie for Streisand.

Hello, Dolly! has had three incarnations as a soundtrack album. First, it was released by 20th Century Fox Records as a "deluxe album" in 1969. The gatefold album unfolded and included liner notes and excerpts of Jerry Herman's lyrics.

In the early 1980s, PolyGram bought 20th Century Fox Records and all assets were consolidated into the company's Casablanca label. Probably around 1982, Casablanca released the Dolly soundtrack again, this time without the gatefold artwork.

For many years, Hello, Dolly! was the only Streisand album not available on CD. In 1994, Philips (parent company of PolyGram) released Dolly on CD for the first time. (PolyGram has, to date, been absorbed by Universal Music Group.) In 1994, Polygram owned the rights to the original album, and Fox owned and archived the actual music elements that went into creating the soundtrack album.

Armstrong, Kelly, and Streisand in the studio

Photos Above: A series of photos taken of Streisand in the recording studio with Louis Armstrong and director Gene Kelly. Streisand said “it was a rare privilege working with Louis Armstrong on the set and in the recording studio.”

According to George Konder's liner notes for the 1994 Philips CD:

This new digitally mastered release, which marks the film's 25th anniversary, has been lovingly remixed for the first time since the original recording. Utilizing the latest audio technology, the revitalized tracks illuminate the lush symphonic arrangements of the orchestra conducted by Lionel Newman and Lennie Hayton, and brighten the enunciation of Herman's delightful and tender lyrics. Barbra Streisand's incomparable vocalism and interpretations of the songs sparkle anew.

Dolly CD producer Nick Redman worked closely with music score remixer Brian Risner and digital mastering technician Dan Hersch (at DigiPrep in Hollywood) on the original multi-track elements. Redman insisted that the CD be created from a remix of the original multi-track tapes instead of simply digitizing the original analog soundtrack album.

Redman told Guy Vespoint how the remaster was achieved. “In the 1960s, Fox had no tape recording facilities, so they would record directly onto 35mm film. A different piece of a song is recorded onto each strip of film, and you may have up to as many as 18 strips of film which have to be synchronized and put through a Magnatech [a machine that runs magnetic film tracks]. Afterwards, they would take all of the reels of film to the Todd-AO lab where everything would be remixed. They would put the music onto multi-track analog — probably 8-track — tape. From that source, it would be remixed again to a 2-track master. Those 2-track masters would be used to make the albums of those musicals. Consequently, the 2-track master was probably two generations away from the original source.”

Redman and his team used the 8-track analog masters when working with Dolly's soundtrack. “We were able to work with elements that were one generation away from the original source, and we had the latitude and freedom to alter the balance of the music slightly where we felt it fit.”

The Dolly CD differs slightly from the original soundtrack LP due to the digital remixing:

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Unreleased Tracks

On September 24, 1969, Streisand recorded different versions of two of her Dolly songs for Columbia Records to be released as singles. Streisand recorded a Peter Matz arrangement of “Before the Parade Passes By.” It was released as Columbia single #4-45072 in December 1969.

Billboard Charts

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine.

Here's the numbers for this Streisand album:

Gold: 500,000 units shipped

Platinum: 1 million units shipped

Note: The record company must submit an album to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) where it undergoes a certification process to become eligible for an award. The process entails an independent sales audit, which calculates the quantity of singles or albums shipped for sale, net after returns. The audit surveys shipments to the entire music marketplace, including retail, record clubs, television sales, Internet orders and other ancillary markets. Based on the certification of these shipments, a title is awarded Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum or Diamond status. The data here comes directly from official sources, mainly the RIAA online database.


Album Cover/Advertising Logo

Richard Amsel was 22 years old and a student at Philadelphia College of Art when he won a nationwide contest sponsored by 20th Century Fox to design the Dolly poster.

Amsel designed many well-known movie posters over the years, including the iconoclastic Raiders of the Lost Ark poster, as well as Death on the Nile and graphics for Bette Midler's early albums and performance posters.

Amsel illustration of Midler


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