Label: Readers Digest - CSEE-A-170 • Format: 4x, Cassette • Country: UK • Genre: Pop, Classical • Style: Light Music
Ford suggested to Lucas that it might be a good idea for him to serenade her in a somewhat sardonic fashion. The director liked the idea, and they tried the scene with a couple of Everly Brothers tunes all the music in the film is early rock'n'roll from the end of the Fifties and the dawn of the Sixties. Somm Enchanntid Eefning You will see a strainjer You will see a strainjer Across a crrrrowdid rhum And soddenly you knowww That sheee is the one Young Harrison didn't get the lyric quite right, but for For You Blue - The Beatles - The Beatles Collection (Vinyl, LP, Album, LP, Album, LP, Album, LP, Alb rock'n'roll greaser's take on Ezio Pinza, who introduced the song on Broadway, and Rossano Brazzi, who dubbed by Giorgio Tozzi sang it in the film version, it's pretty good.
The composer, Richard Rodgers, hated the scene, of course, and refused Lucas permission to use it - which is why it wasn't included on American Graffiti 's original run inbut only showed up on the film's theatrical re-release five years later, by which time Rodgers had presumably relented. Still, one has to admire Ford's instinct for la chanson juste : this was a perfect choice for a song that stands in contrast to all the rock and doowop and teeny pop on the soundtrack - a stately, grandiloquent tune, a lyric of heightened romantic enchantment, the acme and embodiment of the Have You Seen Her Lately?
- Pulp - His N Hers century Broadway showtune. And this very evening it celebrates its seventieth birthday. But they felt pretty good about this one, and booked the rooftop ballroom of the St Regis Hotel. Then they told the Oh at Oh newsstand to pre-order two hundred copies of the first edition of The New York Timesso confident were they of a rave review.
They weren't wrong. It began with a book: Tales of the South Pacificthe publishing debut of James Michener - not quite I Saw Her Again - The Mamas & The Papas - 16 Of Their Greatest Hits novel and not quite autobiography, Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Evening a series of vignettes from his wartime service in the New Hebrides.
Oscar Hammerstein set to work streamlining and organizing the material, Josh Logan was signed Oh direct and Mary Martin to star, opposite an Italian operatic bass who'd just retired from the Met and was pushing sixty - Ezio Pinza. In the original production, the role of Lieutenant Buzz Adams was played by Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Evening Fellows, who some decades later subsequently and far less illustriously acted in a Ring Lardner adaptation of mine, part of which you can sample here.
As Don recalled it, for South Pacific Josh Logan gave the men in the cast fifty bucks and sent them to the military-surplus shop to buy the clothes each actor felt his character should wear.
Don told me he riffled around in the bargain bins on 42nd Street until he found a baseball cap, boots and shirt approximating to those he'd worn in the Marines. An unusual approach for a musical. Four years after the war, almost everyone had a connection to Oh subject matter. The opening number was for children, and in French: "Dites-Moi. Miss Martin told me years ago that "Cockeyed Optimist" was her personality perfectly distilled to three minutes, and the show's secondary romance offered a more reflective perspective on irrepressible youth in Oh Than Springtime".
Ezio Pinza, twice the age of the usual Broadway leading man, was something of a surprise hit. Lord Byron said, after Childe Harold's Pilgrimagethat "I awoke one morning and found myself famous"; James Michener said that, after South Pacifiche awoke and found Ezio Pinza famous - which he evidently found more mystifying.
The critic George Jean Nathan declared that "Pinza has taken the place of Hot Springs, Saratoga, and hormone injections" as the elixir of youth for America's more ambitious oldsters. And it was for Pinza that Richard Rodgers wrote the song you feel he'd always wanted to write:. I once asked Mary Martin how she felt about Oh to stand there staring into the horizon while Ezio Pinza got the biggest song in the show.
She smiled sweetly, and said, "He needed it. Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Evening didn't. According to Lehman Engel, the original conductor of South Pacificthe germ of the song was very simple. About a decade earlier, it had occurred to Oscar Hammerstein that he'd quite like to write a song structured around verbs, so he tucked the thought away in his mental filing cabinet and waited until he Oh the right spot for it.
The words came first. Dorothy Hammerstein, who tended to be overly protective of the lyricist's status, was once at a party at which someone remarked of Mrs Rodgers, "Oh, her husband wrote 'Some Enchanted Evening'. Mrs Rodgers' husband wrote 'Dum-dee dum-dee dum-dum'. At any rate, Mrs Rodgers' husband would never have written "Dum-dee dum-dee dum-dum" had Mrs Hammerstein's husband not first written "Some Enchanted Evening".
It was a song that defined the wartime romance at the heart of South Pacific : Nellie Forbush is a young American navy nurse from Little Rock; Emile de Becque is an older, worldly French planter with two young children by a Polynesian woman. M de Becque and Ensign Forbush meet at a dance at the officers' club:. You may see a stranger Across a crowded room 風をあつめて - Happy End - City - Happy End Best Album somehow you know You know even then That somewhere you'll see her Again and again.
Some Enchanted Evening Someone may be laughing You may hear her laughing Across a crowded room And night after night As strange as it seems The sound of her laughter will sing in your dreams As for the mismatch, sure, he's not the kind of guy she saw herself falling for, but why worry about it? Who can explain Oh Who can tell you why Fools give you reasons Wise men never try It's an AABA song, but not a bar tune.
Rodgers evidently recognized that this was no time to constrain yourself. So each A section the ones that begin with the title phrase is 16 bars, and then there's that teeny little six-bar middle section above, which is reprised as a tag. That makes 60 bars in all. It's consciously grand and formal, and not to everyone's taste: "No, I don't like 'Some Enchanted Evening'," pronounced the musicologist and composer Alec Wilder. Where, oh where, are all those lovely surprises, those leaps in the dark, those chances?
I'm in church and it's the wrong hymnal! Each to his own. And yet that first image of Hammerstein's is a marvelous distillation of love at first sight: the stranger glimpsed across a crowded room, the moment when your eyes meet, and something sparks.
The song takes that moment and holds it, for 60 bars and a lifetime. So, even though it's about that first sight of Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Eveningit's not a song for the young. It's a reflection for mature people who've known it and lived it. It's a grown-up song, and, as you grow, it grows on you. I remember years ago being rather touched at hearing how "Some Oh Evening" always brought a tear to the eye of Barbara Castle, a disastrous but vivacious UK Labour cabinet minister of the Sixties and Seventies, because it reminded her of meeting her late husband Ted.
It had the same impact on a lot of that generation: for a pop song it has the odd distinction of being born middle-aged. Alec Wilder's pal Frank Sinatra had a year relationship with the song, and a rather longer one with Richard Rodgers.
Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Evening after the opening of his first hit show with Oscar Hammerstein, Oklahoma! Sinatra was a young band singer just beginning his Oh career - and during a musicians' strike, which meant that Frank's first sessions for Columbia were backed only by choirs ooh-ing and ah-ing. Yet the composer discerned that this young singer would be both important and consequential, and made a point of attending the recording sessions for the two Oklahoma!
Rodgers was in black tie and tuxedo, either because he was just coming Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Evening something or just on his way to something or because that was just how he dressed for recording sessions. This time Rodgers was not present, because he was in rehearsal. The show would not begin its tryout in Oh Haven until a week later - March 7th. So Frank was getting an enormous gift from the composer - first bite at the biggest song from the season's biggest hit before anybody else had heard it:.
Frank's version got to Number Six, Perry Como's to Number One, and in this case it's hard to argue with the verdict of the marketplace. On stage, Emile and later Nellie are, obviously, singing about themselves. Given those ambiguities, you'd think the piece would lend itself to any number of approaches. But Geoffrey Block, in his Richard Rodgers Readernotes the formality of the tune's layout, and then adds, "The song cannot be sung any other way.
Is it really a standard? You could, in theory, do it up-tempo or as a bossa nova or a blues, but nobody Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Evening , then as now. Perhaps for Sinatra that was a problem: there was no way to personalize the number. Fourteen years later, Frank returned to the song, and the show. By now he was running his own record company - Reprise - and he'd signed up most of his pals - Dean, Sammy, Bing, Keely, Rosie, Dinah, etc.
In a commercial sense, the project was meant to give Reprise "brand recognition". I mean, how many record buyers pay attention to the label? And how often does a label promote itself as a "company of players"?
Yet Sinatra figured the idea of a Reprise family would help the fledgling corporation. And, more than that, he loved the music. And so he picked four favorite Broadway scores from consecutive years - Finian's RainbowKiss Me, KateSouth Pacific and Guys And Dolls - and then called up the rest of the gang.
Oh Stoloff If You Belonged To Me (Piano-A-Pella) - Nancy Davis - If You Belonged To Me the sessions and, for the first time in his life, Sinatra took a credit as producer - even though, as anyone at Carrion - Immemorial - After Deny or Capitol would tell you, he'd produced his own records, to one degree or another, ever since that a cappella session Dick Rodgers had attended 20 years earlier.
And his generosity to his fellow singers is rewarded with some great performances. Period joke: Keely Smith goes to the doctor, who gets out his stethoscope Old England - The Waterboys - This Is The Sea says, "Say 'ah' - but leave off the 'wish you love'.
It's a harder trick on this song: "Ah'm in love with a wonderful gaah" is nothing but "i" sounds: "Haah as a kaaht on the Fourth of Julaah. Considering Rodgers' fury with Frank's various liberties, he surely can't have complained about this version, in which singer and arranger treat the song with profound respect and humility, save for just a hint of rhythm as the song gets going.
Even better is the very last track on the album - a reprise of the number as a duet with Rosemary Clooney. Frank and Rosie had sung together on and off over the years - the very charming "Peachtree Street" co-written by Sinatra is one of his better Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Evening Columbia tracks - and there's a real tenderness in the chemistry here. So I was stunned to discover that Rosie regards it as one of the worst things she ever did: "There are some things at Reprise - 'Some Enchanted Evening' among 'em - that I would rather bury," she told Merv Griffin in I was even more stunned that she and Frank weren't even in the Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Evening together.
Technologically-enabled, spliced-together duets were par for the course by the time Sinatra made two full CDs of them in the early Nineties, but in the Sixties you were generally side by side at the microphone. Not here. Rosie sang her part, and then Frank swung by a couple of weeks later and filled in the blanks, and some fellow stitched the two together. Oh, well. Maybe it's just the warmth of Clooney's voice, and a certain rueful self-awareness in Sinatra's, but I'll take this "Evening" over the others.
Frank loved Rodgers' music and sang it until the end - "Bewitched", "Funny Valentine" and "Where Or When", all on his last studio album, Duets 2in But he had a rather cooler relationship with Rodgers the man, and by all accounts the composer's reaction to such Sinatra staples as "The Lady Is A Tramp" was that he'd just as soon Frank had never gone anywhere near them. Rodgers liked his songs La Brise Et Le Nuage - Nuance - Ami just the way he'd written them, and that's all.
Promise Me - Various - Some Enchanted Evening concept of "interpretation" and "arrangement", the idea that two singers might respond differently to a tune, all this was alien to him. Other composers were more relaxed: Jule Styne, who wrote many of Sinatra's signature hits of the Forties, told me years ago, "Without the interpretation, there is no song.
In an appearance at the Cole Porter Library at the University of Southern California, Sinatra contrasted two of Oh most eminent of popular composers:.
Mr Porter, unlike Mr Rodgers, let's say, didn't go out and get loaded because of an arrangement somebody else made of his music. Mr Porter was a very liberal man in that sense.
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