Richard Rodgers Album with Oscar Hammerstein

The Richard Rodgers Album with Oscar Hammerstein

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2006
Label:
Sepia Recordings
UPC:
5055122110026
catalogNumber:
1002

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Tracks

  1. It Might as Well Be Spring
  2. That's for Me
  3. It's a Grand Night for Singing
  4. Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'
  5. People Will Say We're in Love
  6. You'll Never Walk Alone
  7. If I Loved You
  8. I Haven't Got a Worry in the World
  9. A Fellow Needs a Girl
  10. The Gentleman Is a Dope
  11. Bali Ha'i
  12. Some Enchanted Evening
  13. Happy Talk
  14. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair
  15. Younger Than Springtime
  16. A Cockeyed Optimist
  17. There Is Nothin' Like a Dame
  18. Honey Bun
  19. Dites-Moi
  20. A Wonderful Guy
  21. Hello Young Lovers
  22. Getting to Know You
  23. We Kiss in a Shadow
  24. I Whistle a Happy Tune
  25. Something Wonderful

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Percy Faith   Conductor
Perry Como   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Danny Kaye   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Jo Stafford   Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Ted Heath   Conductor
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Margaret Whiting   Track Performer
Dave Barbour   Conductor
Dick Haymes   Track Performer
Buddy Cole   Conductor
Frank deVol   Conductor
Gordon MacRae   Track Performer
Mitchell Ayres   Conductor
Lynn Murray   Conductor
Axel Stordahl   Conductor
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Victor Young   Conductor
Hildegarde   Track Performer
Evelyn Knight   Track Performer
Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Lou Busch   Conductor
Trudy Erwin   Track Performer
Earle H. Hagen   Conductor
Billy Williams & Choir   Vocals,Track Performer
Salvatore Gioe   Piano
Lita Roza   Track Performer
Bobby Tucker Singers   Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Tony Middleton   Liner Notes
Craig Hewitt   Graphic Design
Hans Korbmacher   translation

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