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Ok, so I do a sort of mega-mix of Marilyn Monroe’s most classic songs in my act, and I doll up with hair and makeup that’s definitely an homage to the original blonde bombshell. But I’m not doing a “Marilyn Monroe impersonation”, or a “celebrity impersonation”. What’s the difference?

Well, if I wanted to do a Marilyn Monroe impersonation, I would try to replicate her appearance, mannerisms, voice, costumes, jewelry and movements as exactly as I possibly could. It would not only be a singing role, it would be an acting role. I must admit, the idea of the challenge is intriguing and I can’t say I’ll never try doing an actual “impersonation” once. But for now, I really enjoy my loose, carefree homage performing my own remixes/reworkings of Marilyn songs in my own Calpernia way. Besides, the Marilyn Monroe impersonation has already been perfected by Jimmy James (who has since unfortunately retired the illusion), so I don’t see any burning need to step into that arena any time soon, ha ha!

One of the changes I made to the performance was to bring back the little intro verses from the older Helen Kane version. Helen was the voice of Betty Boop! I recently googled just those intro lyrics, as was surprised to see that they didn’t result in any relevant results, so I thought I’d post them below for internet posterity. Enjoy!

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“I Wanna Be Loved by You”

A song written by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby, with lyrics by Bert Kalmar, for the 1928 musical “Good Boy”.

I’m not one of the greedy kind, all of my wants are simple.

I know what’s on my mind!

I’m not resting until I find, what would make your eyes glisten with joy,

Now listen, big boy!

I wanna be loved by you, just you, nobody else but you.

I wanna be loved by you alone, boop boop a doo!

I wanna be kissed by you, just you, nobody else but you.

I wanna be kissed by you alone, boop boop a doo!

I couldn’t aspire to anything higher

than feel the desire to make you my own

Bum bum ba deedle a doo

I wanna be loved by you, just you, nobody else but you.

I wanna be loved by you alone

(musical break)

I couldn’t aspire to anything higher

than feel the desire to make you my own

Bum bum ba deedle a doo

I wanna be loved by you, just you and nobody else but you.

I wanna be loved by you alone.

Ba dum pa dum pa dum pa dum boop boop a doo!

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