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A Connecticut Yankee - Original 1943 Cast Recording

Connecticut Yankee / O.c.r.
Release Date: 03/06/2001 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 013560  
Composer:  Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Robert ChisholmDick ForanRobert ByrnVivienne Segal,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Connecticut Yankee, musical: Overture, A - The Orchestra
2. Connecticut Yankee, musical: My Heart Stood Still, A - Dick Foran/Julie Warren
3. Connecticut Yankee, musical: Thou Swell, A - Julie Warren
4. Connecticut Yankee, musical: On A Desert Island With Thee, A - Chester Stratton/Vera-Ellen
5. Connecticut Yankee, musical: To Keep My Love Alive, A - Vivienne Segal
6. Connecticut Yankee, musical: Can't You Do A Friend A Favor?, A - Dick Foran/Vivienne Segal
7. Connecticut Yankee, musical: I Feel At Home With You, A - Chester Stratton/Vera-Ellen
8. Connecticut Yankee, musical: You Always Love The Same Girl, A
9. Connecticut Yankee, musical: Finale, A -
Read more Vivienne Segal/Ensemble
10. Higher and Higher, musical: Nothing But You - Ray Sinatra
11. Higher and Higher, musical: Ev'ry Sunday Afternoon - Ray Sinatra
12. Higher and Higher, musical: From Another World - Shirley Ross/Ray Sinatra
13. Higher and Higher, musical: It Never Entered My Mind - Shirley Ross/Ray Sinatra
14. By Jupiter, musical: Careless Rhapsody - Hildegarde
15. By Jupiter, musical: Jupiter Forbid - Hildegarde
16. By Jupiter, musical: Ev'rything I've Got - Hildegarde
17. By Jupiter, musical: Nobody's Heart - Hildegarde

This reissue includes bonus recordings from the Rodgers & Hart Original Casts HIGHER AND HIGHER and BY JUPITER, featuring Shirley Ross and Hildegarde.

Music composed by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart.

Principal cast includes: Robert Byrn (Kenneth Kay/Sir Kay); Dick Foran (Martin/Martin Barrett); Robert Chisholm (Admiral Arthur/King Arthur); Vivienne Segal (Fay Merrill/Queen Morgan Le Fay); Vera-Ellen (Evelyn La Rondelle).

Principally recorded on December 22, 1943. Originally released on Decca (367). Includes liner notes by Brian Drutman.

Digitally remastered by Doug Pomeroy (December 2000).

Liner Note Authors: Bert Fink; Brian Drutman.

Recording information: 04/??/1940-12/22/1943.

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's final collaboration was a "revisical" of their 1927 show A Connecticut Yankee, for which they wrote six new songs. It opened on Broadway on November 17, 1943, and Hart was dead five days later. But the new material, particularly the lengthy, comic account of husband murdering, "To Keep My Love Alive," proved that the lyricist had maintained his wit to the end, and the show ran until March 1944, a good showing for a revival. Decca Records, which had recently succeeded with the first real original Broadway cast album, Oklahoma!, another Rodgers project, brought the cast into the studio and came out with a five-disc 78 rpm album of A Connecticut Yankee that preserved Vivienne Segal's memorable portrayal of Morgan Le Fay. Using three of the new songs plus standards like "My Heart Stood Still" and "Thou Swell," Decca produced another good argument for the recording of stage casts. The album languished in subsequent decades, however, and, as chronicled in the notes to the 2001 reissue, the original masters were destroyed after a tape transfer in the 1960s, after which the tape was lost. It turned up again in 2000, however, making the reissue possible. Given the running time of less than 32 minutes, bonus tracks were a must, and they come in the form of four songs from Rodgers and Hart's 1940 musical Higher and Higher sung by Shirley Ross of the original cast, among them the standard "It Never Entered My Mind," and four songs from the duo's 1942 musical By Jupiter sung by popular 1940s radio star Hildegarde. By Jupiter was Rodgers and Hart's longest running musical, though it never produced a hit because of the recording ban. Hildegarde demonstrates that "Everything I've Got" and "Nobody's Heart" deserved to become hits, however. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Works on This Recording

1. A Connecticut Yankee by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Robert Chisholm (Voice), Dick Foran (Voice), Robert Byrn (Voice),
Vivienne Segal (Voice), Vera-Ellen (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1940-1943 
2. Higher and Higher: Excerpt(s) by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Ray Sinatra (Voice), Shirley Ross (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3. By Jupiter: Excerpt(s) by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Hildegarde (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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