The Sweetest Sounds
|After Oscar Hammerstein's
death, Richard Rodgers undertook to be his own lyricist and emerged with a hit
musical called "No Strings". It was a fresh, modern, fashionable show dealing
with a jet-set inter-racial romance. And the orchestra, like the main
characters, had no strings. "The Sweetest Sounds" was the show's big hit,
setting the plot into motion at the beginning and wrapping it all up at the
very end. Perry's treatment is rich and powerful. The throb in his voice is
exactly right for the sense of the lyrics, and the soaring melodic line is a
perfect vehicle for his easy, open style.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
Notes: ~ introduced by Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley in the Stage musical "No Strings"
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