Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
John Kerr, who played Joe Cable in the 1958 movie of South Pacific, has died aged 81. He went on to become a lawyer.
There’s a Mahlerian string swoosh that closes the song.
So sorry to hear this, was in love with him as a teenager when I saw SP.
PS Wonderful song
And an opportune moment perhaps to recall another great from the same film – the glorious voice of Georgio Tozzi, who dubbed the singing parts for the character of Emile de Becque (acted by Rossano Brazzi) in the 1958 version of South Pacific.
Bill Lee sang for Kerr in SP— He also dubbed the singing parts for Christopher Plummer in The Sound Of Music.
Doesn’t change the fact that Kerr was quite good in South Pacific.
You’re right about the Mahler, Norman! And let’s not forget the Cilea “steal” in the two-note first violins’ ostinato. Wonder if that was Rodgers’ idea, or Robert Russell Bennett’s….
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