My Heart Belongs to Daddy


Excerpt from the Wikipedia article, adapted:

My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Cole Porter) was written by Cole Porter for the 1938 musical Leave It to Me! which premiered on Nov 9, 1938. The number was performed by Mary Martin who played Dolly Winslow, the young protégée of an elderly ambassador, Alonzo P. Goodhue. She is stranded at a Siberian railway station, wearing only a fur coat, and performs a striptease while performing the song.

She sang it again in the 1940 movie Love Thy Neighbor. Again she wears a fur coat, but the setting is a show within a show and the act is more conventional as she wears an evening gown beneath the fur. In the 1946 Cole Porter biopic Night and Day she portrays herself and again performs a striptease, discarding a muff and then the fur coat.

In Britain, the song was a hit for the stage actress Pat Kirkwood who performed it in the 1938 revue Black Velvet, making her the first wartime star.


Credits for the following seven images: photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1 Dec 1938 — Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images. Click to enlarge. These were taken only three weeks after the opening of the show.

Mary Martin with Eddy Duchin and his Orchestra – date unknown


Carroll Gibbons and his Orchestra, vocal by Anne Lenner — 1938


Ella Fitzgerald –  The provider says this track is from The Essential Ella Fitzgerald, Vol. 5. I presume it’s the same early Decca recording available on The Early Years, Part 2 which covers the years 1939-41; I don’t know the recording date.


Mary Martin in the “highly fictionalized and sanitized version” of Cole Porter’s life, Night and Day (1946)

song only


including lead-in dialogue


Artie Shaw and his Orchestra, vocal by Kitty Kallen — recorded on 26 June 1946


Julie London – from the album All Through the Night, 1956


Dorothy Dandridge — Episode #11 of TV show Ford Star Jubilee, entitled You’re the Top, (presumably a tribute to the music of Cole Porter) broadcast  on 6 October 1956


Eartha Kitt live on the Nat King Cole Show – 1957


Marilyn Monroe performed the song in the film Let’s Make Love (1960)



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