A superbly performed, beautiful collection ~ By Request

( The ) Sweetest Sounds

~ from the Stage musical "No Strings"
Words and Music by Richard Rodgers, 1962
Williamson Music Inc ASCAP
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
Produced by Hugo & Luigi
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 2:45
Recorded June 8th, 1962   ~  Matrix No. N5PW-3012 Take 5

By Request ~ 1962

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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