"MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY!"
"If I invite
A boy some night
To dine on my fine Finnan haddie,
I just adore
His asking for more,
But my heart belongs to daddy".
Above, A Rare George I / II Yewwood Sideboard Type Low Open Dresser,
English or Welsh, c1720-40 ...
... in many ways, reminiscent of a 'very well known young lady',
who once danced, as in song she pledged her heart ...
This dresser too is of exceptional 'rich warm color',
with 'fine figuration and surface patina' :
having at its center an arrangement of small drawers,
likely for holding samplings of 'rare spice' :
above a deeply curved apron
pierced with trefoils, a few 'Hollywood'-type palm trees and circles,
set between pairs of 'open hearts' :
the two forward shapely legs having 'curved knees, tapering shafts,
and ending in tiny notched ankles above diminutive pad feet' :
I am certain you can see the similarity :
another altogether, substantial, sensual, radiant, a 'magical' work of art,
with a softness still calling forth 'a time gone by'.
We wish all 'Dads' everywhere
an equally radiant, rich and heart-filled 'Father's Day',
accompanied by this momentary glance from
the 'magical' lady who once sang this song ...
'Da da da, da da da, da da da....'
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'My Heart Belongs to Daddy' was written by Cole Porter (1891-1964),
for the 1938 musical 'Leave It to Me'!, premiering November 9, 1938.
It was originally performed by Mary Martin, who played
Dolly Winslow, the young protégée of a rich newspaper publisher.
In the original, Dolly is stranded at a Siberian railway station, wearing only a fur coat,
and performs a striptease while singing the song. Surrounded by eager Siberian men,
she says that since she has met 'daddy', and although she will flirt with other men,
she won't 'follow through'. 'Daddy' is her sugar daddy, a newspaper magnate.
However, most today probably best recall Marilyn Monroe's dancing performance
of 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy' in the 1960 movie 'Let's Make Love'.
The introduction is somewhat changed and she presents herself as 'Lolita',
who is not allowed to 'play with boys'. During her performance she wears a purple sweater
over a black body-stocking. Near the end of the song, she removes the sweater
revealing her body-stocking with a black bikini over it
'My Heart Belongs to Daddy' has been a favorite ever since its 1938 introduction,
and recorded by scores of admiring artists. A partial (also nostalgic) list includes :
Anna Nicole Smith
and as late as 2019, Ariana Grande
'Marilyn Monroe', front cover of New York Sunday News Magazine, November 30, 1952
Lyrics, 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy' (Creative Commons)
Inventory Photography : Millicent F. Creech
The c1720-40 Yewwood Sideboard Type Low Dresser
shown above with
A Kangxi Blue & White Peacock Border Charger, c1690-1700 Charger
A Pair of George III Matthew Boulton Old Sheffield Plate Coolers,
(Each Side Engraved With Marital Arms of Halliday and Harvie)
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