With a Song in My Heart: The Songs of Rodgers & Hart

With a Song in My Heart: The Songs of Rodgers & Hart


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With a Song in My Heart: The Songs of Rodgers & Hart

Although a pop cover of a song from a Broadway musical could bring in considerable revenue and even keep a show running, Broadway songwriters often disparage such interpretations of their work. Rodgers & Hart even wrote a song, "I Like to Recognize the Tune," objecting to what pop stars sometimes did to their compositions. They might have been expected, therefore, not to think too much of British archival label ASV/Living Era's compilation of pop versions of songs from their shows. This collection looks for covers contemporary to the shows themselves, starting, for example, with bandleader Ben Selvin's 1925 recording of "Manhattan" from the 1925 revue Garrick Gaieties, an instrumental dance version that is taken at foxtrot tempo. More than half the tracks are hit recordings of the songs, while others, such as Jessie Matthews' "My Heart Stood Still" and Jeanette MacDonald's "Isn't It Romantic?," are performed by singers who introduced them onstage or in films. Since original Broadway cast recordings were virtually unknown during the period when Rodgers & Hart's shows were produced, these recordings are often invaluable representations of their work, whatever they themselves may have thought. The album is incomplete, missing such big hits as "Soon" and "Sentimental Me," and occasionally a revival from the 1940s has been substituted for a contemporary recording. Whether the song has been rendered as an instrumental or, as in the case of Doris Day's 1949 revival of the 1940 song "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" from Pal Joey, the lyrics have been censored, you can see why Rodgers & Hart sometimes objected to these pop interpretations. But this is a songwriting team that is better remembered for its individual songs than its shows, and these are the songs that have built their lasting reputations in some of their earliest and most popular versions.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2001
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625536720
catalogNumber: 5367

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Vocals
Doris Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Dinah Shore   Vocals
Frank Sinatra   Vocals,Track Performer
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Lena Horne   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Whiteman   Conductor
Margaret Whiting   Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Crumit   Ukulele,Vocals
Ruth Etting   Track Performer
Sophie Tucker   Vocals,Track Performer
Mary Martin   Vocals,Track Performer
Allan Jones   Vocals,Track Performer
Frank deVol   Conductor
Jessie Matthews   Track Performer
Bix Beiderbecke   Cornet
Lou Bring   Conductor,Track Performer
Lehman Engel   Conductor
Harry Sosnik   Conductor,Track Performer
Jeanette MacDonald   Track Performer,Musician
George Olsen   Conductor
Kenny Sargent   Vocals
Ben Selvin   Conductor
Axel Stordahl   Conductor
Martha Tilton   Vocals
George Stoll   Conductor
Mellomen   Track Performer
Austin Young   Vocals
Jack Fulton   Vocals
Maxine Gray   Vocals
Fran Frey   Vocals
Jack Shilkret   Piano
Ed Smalle   Piano
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Track Performer
Hal Kemp & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Ruby Newman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Charles Gaylord   Vocals
Leslie A. Hutchinson   Piano,Vocals
Charles Previn   Conductor,Track Performer
John Rarig   Track Performer
Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Bob Borger   Vocals
Hutch   Piano,Vocals
Nathaniel Finston   Conductor
Three Shades Of Blue   Background Vocals
Lou Bring Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Austin Young   Vocals
Larry Murphy   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lorenz Hart   Lyricist
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes

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