When John Williams Liked it Hot

Marilyn at her breathiest, singing ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ in Some Like It Hot

One of Hollywood’s best-known composers, John Williams, was honoured with a AFI Life Achivement Award this week, as Steve Pond reports for The Wrap. One of Williams’ first (uncredited) movie jobs was in the Matty Malneck Orchestra, as pianist on ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You‘, Marilyn’s signature tune from Some Like it Hot.

“The Some Like It Hot clip featured Marilyn Monroe singing ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You,’ with Williams on the soundtrack as part of her backing band. But as he explained in the film, the band did its part in the studio, and simply played to a vocal that Monroe had already recorded.”

‘I Wanna Be Loved by You’ was originally composed by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby, with lyrics by Bert Kalmar, for the 1928 musical Good Boy. It was first performed in 1928 by Helen Kane, who became known as the ‘Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl.’ It has since been covered many times, but Marilyn’s 1959 version is now considered definitive.

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