This was $3. I got this for the singer, Gordon McCrae, singer and actor. Born in East Orange, New Jersey in 1921, McCrae started on Broadway in 1942. A singer career followed as well as the big screen, which he first appeared on in 1948. After roles in such musical hits as Tea For Two, and By The Light Of The Silvery Moon, McCrae landed the biggest two roles of his career in two Rodgers and Hammerstein film adaptations, Oklahoma and Carousel. His love interest in both was Shirley Jones. Oddly enough, they get married in both. One marriage does not work out. Anyway, McCrae continued with tv, radio, and performances until his death of pneumonia in 1986.
It is the R&H movies in which I became aware of McCrae. And on that note, I find it interesting as I really liked Oklahoma as a kid. Carousel, on the other hand, was quite lame. First off, I am sorry your marriage to a carny did not turn out to be the bed of roses it would appear to be. Second, the male protagonist really does not go through any deep change other than dying. I think he could have done more for his daughter and the fact that when he comes back to earth for redemption, he strikes her is indicative of his character. Finally, despite having one of the most recognizable and inspirational songs from Broadway, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, I found the music overall to be quite singular in use and limited.
But time and tastes do change. Today, I rather like Carousel. I still think Billy Bigelow is a jerk and it could have ended a bit better, but the story has grown on me some as well as the music aside from the fact that the movie omits “The Highest Judge of All”. In comparison, I now feel the portrayal of Judd in Oklahoma, is unfair and borders on class resentment.
This record came out on Capitol Records in 1959, after the success listed above. Conducted by Van Alexander, the album contains songs mostly about seasons. It is the slow crooning style that I guess he was known for. Songs include “Indian Summer”, September Song”, “Autumn Leaves, ” and “I’ll Remember April.”
For a sample, I went with “I’ll Remember April” because I remember April. It was last month. Seems like a just paid rent for that month and here we are again.
Decent enough record. I mean not my cup of tea on all points but I knew what I was getting into when I bought this. 40’s/50’s style old school crooner with the moderately deep voice singing slower romantic tunes.