Heat Wave (Irving Berlin song)

"Heat Wave"
from the musical As Thousands Cheer
Song by Ethel Waters
Written 1933
Writer(s) Irving Berlin

"Heat Wave" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin for the 1933 musical As Thousands Cheer, and introduced in the show by Ethel Waters.[1]

The song was featured in the 1938 movie Alexander's Ragtime Band, where it was performed by Ethel Merman.[1] It was also featured in the 1946 movie Blue Skies, where it was performed by Olga San Juan and in the 1954 movie There's No Business Like Show Business, where it was performed by Marilyn Monroe. (Note: based on the lyrics alone, the Marilyn song is different, and ironically, within the film's narrative Monroe's version is a sexier variant of the original that's "stolen" from Ethel Merman's character).

A snippet of the song can be heard in the beginning of the 1954 film White Christmas, sung by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Crosby also recorded the song on his 1956 album Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings.

Ella Fitzgerald sang the song on her 1958 album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook. Enoch Light gave a symphonic treatment of the song, which can be found on the album Stereo 35-MM (1961).

More recently, covers of the song were performed by Patti LuPone and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra on the album Heatwave: Patti LuPone Sings Irving Berlin.[2]


  1. 1 2 Flinn, Caryl (2009). Brass Diva: The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 98. ISBN 0520260228. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. Heatwave: Patti LuPone Sings Irving Berlin overview at AllMusic
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