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The Richard Rodgers Album with Oscar Hammerstein

  • 1. It Might as Well Be Spring - Andy Williams/Sammy Kaye/Billy Williams
    2. That's for Me - Jo Stafford
    3. It's a Grand Night for Singing - Dick Haymes
    4. Oh What a Beautiful Mornin' - Trudy Erwin/Bing Crosby
    5. People Will Say We're in Love - Frank Sinatra
    6. You'll Never Walk Alone - Judy Garland/Various Artists
    7. If I Loved You - Frank Sinatra
    8. I Haven't Got a Worry in the World - Hildegarde
    9. Fellow Needs a Girl, A - Gordon MacRae
    10. Gentleman Is a Dope, The - Jo Stafford
    11. Bali Ha'i - Peggy Lee
    12. Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
    13. Happy Talk - Ella Fitzgerald
    14. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair - Lita Roza
    15. Younger Than Springtime - Gordon MacRae
    16. Cockeyed Optimist, A - Evelyn Knight
    17. There Is Nothin' Like a Dame - Danny Kaye
    18. Honey Bun - Danny Kaye
    19. Dites-Moi - Hildegarde
    20. Wonderful Guy, A - Margaret Whiting
    21. Hello Young Lovers - Margaret Whiting
    22. Getting to Know You - Bing Crosby
    23. We Kiss in a Shadow - Frank Sinatra
    24. I Whistle a Happy Tune - Frank Sinatra
    25. Something Wonderful - Margaret Whiting
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1002

  • Credits

    Composer: Richard Rodgers.
    Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II.
    Personnel: Bobby Tucker Singers, Billy Williams & Choir (vocals); Salvatore Gioe (piano).
    Audio Remasterer: Charlie Crump.
    Liner Note Author: Tony Middleton .
    Translator: Hans Korbmacher.
    Commemorating Richard Rodgers' centenary, this compilation presents recordings of 25 songs the composer wrote with his second major collaborator, Oscar Hammerstein II, from the early '40s to the early '50s. Rodgers & Hammerstein went on collaborating until Hammerstein's death in 1960, but the 2002 album is able to present tracks recorded only up through 1951 because it is taking advantage of the 50-year European copyright limit on recordings to assemble recordings originally released on various labels but now in the public domain. So, nothing from The Sound of Music, which dates from 1959, could be included. But Rodgers & Hammerstein's other major shows, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, and The King and I, are represented in pop-oriented recordings made by the major singers of the era. Nine of the tracks are ones that made the charts for their performers, including Perry Como's number one version of "Some Enchanted Evening" and Top Ten treatments of "It Might as Well Be Spring" (bandleader Sammy Kaye with Billy Williams on vocals), "That's for Me" (Jo Stafford), and "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" (Bing Crosby and Trudy Erwin) that were the recordings most favored by radio listeners and record buyers. Although this is a British compilation, most of the performers are Americans, the exception being Lita Roza, "one of England's biggest stars of the 1950s," according to the liner notes, who sings "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair." The performances are always respectful, and sometimes surprising, such as Danny Kaye's straightforward reading of "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" and Hildegarde's version of "Dites-Moi," which helpfully translates the lyrics, something that wasn't done on the Broadway stage. Show music purists may disdain these interpretations, but they helped popularize Rodgers & Hammerstein's work in the 1940s and '50s. ~ William Ruhlmann

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