When Marilyn Sings

Marilyn Monroe: Collector, the latest compilation of Marilyn’s modest but stellar musical repertoire, is now available on CD or for download. Ludovic Hunter-Tilney reviews it in today’s Financial Times.

“Collector marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death with a straightforward compilation of her songs, from the sultry big band jazz of ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ to her sweetly wistful torch-gospel routine on 1954’s ‘River of No Return.’

The best aspect of her vocals, as with her acting, was comic timing: ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’ is a swinging, playful take on the relationship between the sexes – which in real life of course she found tragically oppressive.”