Friday, September 25, 2009

The Best of The World of Wonder: A Little Ditty About Jack and Shirley

After their 1956 marriage, movie musical star Shirley Jones and stage musical star Jack Cassidy recorded a duet album of operetta songs, Speaking of Love, and a studio-cast album of Brigadoon for Columbia Records in 1957. In 1959, they returned to Columbia for With Love From Hollywood, a companion piece to Speaking of Love in which they revived songs from Hollywood movies released between 1934 and 1948, songs written by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Ted Koehler, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Rodgers & Hart. Jones, who had a history with Rodgers & Hammerstein, beautifully interpreted their "It Might as Well Be Spring" from State Fair as a solo, while Cassidy on his own had fun with Porter's "Nina" from the underrated score to The Pirate. Frank DeVol (TV's Happy Kine) treated the songs for what they were, movie songs, employing alternately playful and lushly sentimental string-filled arrangements. Here is that great album! Enjoy!

Shirley Jones & Jack Cassidy - With Love From Hollywood

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