South Pacific is one of Rodger's and Hammerstein's greatest
shows. It remains both an entertaining show and a social commentary.
The show won several Tony Awards in it's premier year of 1949.
It is based on parts of James Michener's Tales Of The South
Pacific that was published in 1947.
The book is a a number of short stories that take place during
WW II in The South Pacific. The show centers on two couples.
Nellie Furbush, a nurse who falls in love with a French planter,
Emile Debeque, on the island where she has been stationed. She
finds out that he had been married before to an island native
and has mixed race children. The second couple that consists
of Lt. Cable and a Tonkinese Girls whose name is Liat, he also
has to overcome his prejudice. Both couples survive their issues
but Lt Cable is killed when he and Debeque go to another island
to spy on the Japanese.
There were many songs that would become known from South Pacific,
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair, Happy Talk and
others. Some Enchanted Evening would shine and still does as
a beautiful love song that describes a man's feelings when first
meeting the woman of his dreams.
One interesting fact about South Pacific is that Rodger's and
Hammerstein's lives were threatened by The Ku Klux Klan during
the Broadway run of the show. There is a song in the show titled
"You Have To Be Carefully Taught." The song's message
is that you must be taught prejudiced; it is not born in you.
The Klan did not like the message and threatened the lives of
the composer and lyricist if the song was not removed from theshow.
The song was not removed and nothing ever came from the threat.
Bing Crosby Galway Bay
Music for and about the Irish seems to have had grip on the
U.S. in the 1940's. Galway Bay would be a song that would transcend
the century and for Irish Catholics would almost become a hymn
as it is still is used in Mass around St. Patrick's Day.
The song was written by Dr. Arthur Colahan in Leicester in 1947.
Crosby revised some of the lyrics and the song became a huge
hit with Irish Immigrants around the world.
Galway Bay is a real bay in Ireland and the song is a yearning
to return to home.
Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark Baby It's Cold Outside
It can be considered sad that some songs can get so attached
to a holiday that we lose track of them the rest of the year.
Among those songs is Winter Wonderland, Frosty The Snowman and
Suzy Snowflake. None of these even mentions Christmas and yet
the songs are relegated to this category. Baby It's Cold Outside
is one of these. The words and music for the song were written
by Frank Loesser and was first publically performed by the composer
and his wife. In 1949, the film,Neptune's Daughter was released
and the song was sung twice in the film. The song won Loesser
an Academy Award for that year.
Baby It's Cold Outside is a conversation between a man and
woman. The man is trying to convince the woman to stay at his
house as it's too cold and the snow too deep for her to go home.
The song got a twist when it was sung by Kurt and Blaine in
the 2010 Christmas episode of Glee.
Bing Crosby Dear Hearts and Gentle People
The Song was written in 1949 with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics
by Bob Hilliard. The song was based on words written on a scrap
of paper that was found on the body of Steven Foster when his
body was discovered in a New York City Hotel in 1864. The words
were simply" Dear friends and gentle hearts."
Dinah Shore Lavender Blue
Originally a 17th century English nursery rhyme. In the 20th
century it crossed the sea and began to hit the charts in 1949.
Though Dinah Shore made a hit of the song, it would be Burl
Ives who would win an Academy Award for his performance of the
song in the 1949 Disney film, So Dear To My Heart
Eddie (Piano) Miller Around Her Neck She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
The yellow ribbon has been a sign of someone waiting for their
loved one to come home since the time of the emperor Nero. She
Wore A Yellow Ribbon is an example of this tradition. The version
we are aware of today was written in 1907 as a marching song
for the army. In1949, the song became the title of a film starring
John Wayne. The lyrics were slightly altered for the film but
the music stayed the same. The yellow ribbon would remain a
symbol of homecoming throughout the years and in 1980 when the
American captives were released from Iran the ribbon was put
up all over the United States.
Frankie Lane Mule Train
This song was written by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath, Doc Tommy Scott
and Fred Glickman. The song is a Wild West song that relates
the idea of a cowboy carrying male and packages across the west
to waiting customers. Though Frankie Laine introduced the song
it would be recorded by many other artists. When Burl Ives recorded
the song he would add the sound affects of snapping whips and
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