Stories of Standards—Surrey with the Fringe on Top – KUVO

Tune in to listen to our favourite variations of “The Surrey with the Fringe on High” as offered by Rodney Franks on Tales of Requirements on weekday mornings at 7:50 and eight:50 am starting Monday, March 8.

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RODGERS HAMMERSTEIN“The Surrey With the Fringe On High” was written for the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma.” First carried out by by Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts & Betty Garde, Miles Davis adopted it into his repertoire within the Fifties and plenty of others adopted. Sonny Rollins recorded it in 1959; Mel Tormé in 1961. Wes Montgomery and Marian McPartland are amongst those that have included this music of their repertoire.

Richard Charles Rodgers (Jun 28, 1902 – Dec 30, 1979) was the primary composer to win an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), plus a Pulitzer. Within the Nineteen Twenties, with Lorenz Hart, he averaged two new Broadway exhibits per season. A four-year stint in Hollywood was adopted by a return to Broadway, the place they composed the rating for Billy Rose’s extravaganza “Jumbo”. This partnership ended with Hart’s dying in 1943, having created 28 stage musicals and greater than 500 songs. Rodgers returned to working with Oscar Hammerstein II, forming a partnership that revolutionized musical theatre during which music, dance, e book and plot fashioned a completely built-in piece. After Hammerstein’s dying, Rodgers wrote each phrases and music for “No Strings”, a Broadway musical, and two songs for “The Sound of Music”, including those earlier written in collaboration with Hammerstein. Collectively, Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals earned a complete of 37 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards, and two Emmy Awards. Alec Wilder wrote of Rodgers “Of all of the writers whose songs are thought of and examined on this e book, these of Rodgers present the very best diploma of constant excellence, inventiveness, and class … [A]fter spending weeks enjoying his songs, I’m greater than impressed and respectful: I’m astonished.”

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Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II (Jul 12, 1895 – Aug 23, 1960) was named for his grandfather, a German-born businessman, theater impresario, and composer, who tremendously contributed to the recognition of opera in america. Hammerstein’s father, William, was a theater supervisor and vaudeville producer, who disapproved of Oscar’s participation within the arts; subsequently, Oscar studied regulation till his father’s dying in 1918, after which he engaged in his first play, with Columbia’s Varsity Present. He wrote his first musical in 1920 with Herbert Stothart, Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel and labored with Harbach for the following 20 years. In 1921 Hammerstein joined the Lambs Membership, America’s oldest theatrical group. His creation, with Jerome Kern, of “Present Boat”, primarily based on Edna Ferber’s e book, is taken into account the beginning of the musical play, as distinguished from musical comedy. Stephen Sondheim, a household buddy since childhood, has attributed his success in theater, and particularly as a lyricist, on to Hammerstein’s affect and steering. Hammerstein was a member of the American Theatre Corridor of Fame. He’s nonetheless the one man named Oscar to win an Oscar.

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