Let Me Entertain You: The Top Ten Songs by Jule Styne

By Ben Rimalower
18 Jan 2014

6. "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, lyrics by Leo Robin

"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" is a classic in the truest sense of the word. Introduced by the quirky, larger than life actress Carol Channing, one might have thought the song needed her idiosyncratic oomph to fully fly its flag, but in a wholly different rendition by Marilyn Monroe in the movie version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the song seduced millions and millions more. Lo and behold, without either of those great ladies, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" has gone on to occupy an indelible place in pop culture, popping up everywhere from strip clubs to jewelry commercials. This gem shines bright in the crown of Jule Styne's accomplishment.