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Pearl Bailey sings I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1961)

Filmed on The Ed Sullivan Show on April 16, 1961, Pearl Bailey sings I Can’t Give You Anything But Love. In addition to being a star of stage, screen, and nightclubs around the globe, Bailey was a regular guest and a favorite on Sullivan’s show, appearing 23 times in the show’s 23 years (1948 to 1971). Via EdSullivan.com:

Her charm was so irresistible, she was able to get the usually straight-laced Sullivan to let loose and have a little fun on stage with her.

She also won a Tony for her portrayal of Dolly Gallagher Levi in all-Black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968, and was an entertainer with the USO for almost 50 years.

Pearl Bailey
Via Wikipedia, “in the 100-most recorded songs from 1890 to 1954, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby” (1928) is No. 24.” But who wrote it? “Mystery now surrounds the composition credits…

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