Isn't It Romantic: Capitol Sings Rodgers & Hart

Isn't It Romantic: Capitol Sings Rodgers & Hart

     
 

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The songwriting partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart ended with Hart's death on November 22, 1943. The earliest track on this album of Rodgers & Hart songs from the Capitol Records vaults, the Dinning Sisters' version of the 1937 copyright …  See more details below

Overview

The songwriting partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart ended with Hart's death on November 22, 1943. The earliest track on this album of Rodgers & Hart songs from the Capitol Records vaults, the Dinning Sisters' version of the 1937 copyright "Where or When" (from the Broadway musical Babes in Arms), was recorded less than a month later, on December 17, 1943, and the latest one, Nancy Wilson's reading of "It Never Entered My Mind" (from the 1940 show Higher and Higher), on November 3, 1967. So, the collection consists of recordings made in the quarter-century after the Rodgers & Hart era. That's appropriate, since Capitol was co-founded by singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer to showcase the rise of individual pop singers in the waning days of the big-band period, and they often sang old show tunes with new, post-swing arrangements like those here, written by the likes of Billy May and Nelson Riddle. The leader in this sort of thing, of course, was Frank Sinatra, who was a Capitol artist. But he must have had a contractual right of refusal to have his recordings used on compilations like this, since he appears only as the conductor of Peggy Lee's version of "My Heart Stood Still." Most of the rest of Capitol's roster of singers is included, however, such as June Christy, Margaret Whiting, Nat King Cole, and Dean Martin. Only four of the tracks date from the 1940s, so this is really the music of the '50s and early '60s primarily, with the swing charts varied occasionally by a Latin treatment (Lee's "The Lady Is a Tramp") or a bongos-and-flute accompaniment (Dinah Shore's "Falling in Love with Love"). Variety is also provided by vocal groups like the Andrews Sisters and the Four Freshmen. Most of these performers are not jazz singers, but Mel Tormé gets to apply his pipes to "Blue Moon," and Sarah Vaughan goes all-out on an individual treatment of "Have You Met Miss Jones?" (or "old Jones," as she alters it), scatting like crazy. Richard Rodgers was notoriously hostile to liberal rearrangements of his songs, but he and Hart were done many favors by the Capitol singers who helped keep their copyrights alive and flourishing decades after the tunes were written.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/1996
Label:
Indent Series
UPC:
0762185140529
catalogNumber:
98478

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrews Sisters   Track Performer
June Christy   Track Performer
Four Freshmen   Track Performer
Peggy Lee   Vocals,Track Performer
Dean Martin   Track Performer
Dinah Shore   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Conductor
Nancy Wilson   Track Performer
Bob Cooper   Conductor
Billy May   Conductor
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Mel Tormé   Track Performer
Margaret Whiting   Track Performer
Pete Rugolo   Conductor
Van Alexander   Conductor
Vic Damone   Track Performer
Frank deVol   Conductor
Dolores Gray   Track Performer
Gordon MacRae   Track Performer
Jack Fascinato   Conductor
Kenyon Hopkins   Conductor
Nat King Cole   Track Performer
Don Costa   Conductor
Sid Feller   Conductor
Jimmy Jones   Conductor
Gus Levene   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Milt Raskin   Conductor
Dick Reynolds   Conductor
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer
Dinning Sisters   Track Performer
Brown & His Band of Renown   Track Performer
Pete King   Conductor
Frank Devo   Conductor
Jane Froman   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Shearing   String Arrangements
Bob Norberg   Remixing
Brad Benedict   Producer
Wayne Watkins   Compilation Supervisor
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Robert Risko   Illustrations

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