LP0115. MY FAIR LADY (Lerner & Loewe), Original 1956 Broadway cast, w.Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Stanley Holloway, Robert Coote, Gordon Dilworth, Rod McLennan, Philippa Bevans, John Michael King. Columbia 6-eye, grey label Columbia OL 5090.
“The Broadway cast recording of the musical MY FAIR LADY was released as an album on April 2, 1956. The songs were composed by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, while the cast included stars Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. The album became a massive seller, topping the charts on the US Billboard 200 for fifteen weeks at different times in 1956 (eight consecutive weeks), 1957, 1958 and 1959. In the UK, upon its release in 1958, the album reached #1 for 19 consecutive weeks and became the biggest-selling album of the year. The album was released on Columbia Records, whose President, Goddard Lieberson provided the $375,000 needed to stage the show in return for the rights to the Cast recording.
A London cast recording of the musical, also starring Harrison and Andrews, was released as an album in 1959.”