Barbra's Singles

My Coloring Book / Lover, Come Back To Me (#4-42648)

My Coloring Book (3:09) (J. Kander, F. Ebb)

Lover Come Back To Me (1:46) (O. Hammerstein II, S. Romberg)

Released November 1962

Below: Scans of #4-42648 courtesy of Dave Bukwa

Coloring Book radio station single

In mid-November 1962, Columbia released Barbra's version of the Kander & Ebb song “My Coloring Book.” The b-side of that single was “Lover, Come Back to Me,” recorded back on October 16th. “Coloring Book” was arranged and conducted by Bob Mersey.

Coloring Book single

Kander and Ebb said they wrote “Coloring Book” for comedienne and cabaret star Kaye Ballard. Sandy Stewart ended up singing it on a Perry Como television show, and it became a big hit for her. George Chakiris (Bernardo in West Side Story film) also recorded it for Capitol Records; Kitty Kallen sang it, too.

It should be noted that these songs, recorded in October and November 1962, featured different arrangements than what ultimately appeared on Barbra's first album. (Peter Matz did the album's arrangements).

Coloring Book ad

The 7-inch singles, pressed on vinyl, were commercially available in record stores but, to date, have not been released (officially) in digital form or on a CD.

Below: Rare! Columbia released some of these singles with "Barbra" misspelled as "Barbara." (Photos courtesy of Mark Sunderland).

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