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182-Liza Minnelli-Cabaret.

1972-It has never charted in the UK.

Best Bit-At 2.57. Give them that ‘Ole Razzle Dazzle.’

Liza May Minnelli was born on March 12th, 1946, in Los Angeles, California, United States, she is the daughter of Judy Garland, (1922-1969) (see also best songs 68) and the film director Vincente Minnelli (1903-1986.) Alongside a very successful career as an actress in film, theatre, and television, Liza Minnelli has also recorded songs from the musicals she has appeared in, as well as concurrently having a mainstream ‘Pop’ recording career. The discography of Liza Minnelli consists of 11 studio Albums released between 1964-2010, 10 live Albums, eight soundtrack Albums, and five cast recordings, she has also issued 33 singles between 1963-2013.

Lisa Minnelli’s first attempt at making it as a ‘Pop,’ star was in the 1960’s, but none of her singles managed to make the charts. Success finally came in ‘Pop’ when she teamed up with the Pet Shop Boys, (see also best songs 871 and 378) who wrote eight of the 13 songs for her ninth studio Album ‘Results’ in 1986. Four singles were issued, and although they all failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in America, the first single release ‘Losing My Mind’ did reach Number 6 in the UK, and is to date her only charting song. Liza Minnelli also appears in this countdown as a backing singer on the Alice Cooper hit ‘Teenage Lament ’74” (see also best songs 427.)

‘Cabaret’ is the title song from the 1966 musical of the same name, and in the production it is sung by the character Sally Bowles. The score was written by John Kander, who wrote the music, and Fred Ebb, (1928-2004) (see also best songs 469 and 441) who provided the lyrics. In 1972 ‘Cabaret’ was made in to a film starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles. The story is set in 1931 Berlin under the presence of the growing Nazi Party, the film is loosely based on the 1966 musical, which in turn was adapted from the 1939 novel ‘The Berlin Stories/Goodbye To Berlin,’ by the author Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986.)

‘Cabaret’ is probably Liza Minnelli’s career highlight, and the performance she will be remembered for the most. She sings, or co-sings on four of the 12 songs on the films soundtrack Album, and won the ‘Academy Award’ that year for ‘Best Actress.’

‘What good is sitting alone in your room, come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret.’