Today a wonderful old cover from “South Pacific,” for me the best of the Rodgers and Hammerstein shows. (Although perhaps I am still in thrall to that wonderful Lincoln Center revival of a few years back with Kelli O’Hara and Paulo Szot, directed by Bartlett Sher. That production’s power came from a reminder (in the perhaps unlikely setting of a theater) that we are at war. The original production premiered in 1949, only 4 years after the end of WWII, you remember that one, “the war to end all wars.” Oh, or was that WWI? or the war before that?
And here’s a gentle (non-belted) version of it by Bing Crosby, perhaps a bit too suave to be the idealistic Lt. Joe Cable of the show, but a nice listen.
I promise to do better on the future scans, btw. As noted by loyal reader Sarah, quality control at this blog is not always top-notch, but even I can do better than that!