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People Will Say We're in Love

Alfred Drake


320 Kbps Released April 26, 2019
Stage Door Records

Believe it or not you get a glimpse into the rehearsal process of the original 1943 production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! with this week’s free song download. The track comes from Stage Door Records’ immaculately curated two-CD set Lucky to Be Me: A Life in Music.

The album showcases the marvelous vocals of Alfred Drake, who, of course, originated the role of Curly in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. He was also the man who first played Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate and starred in the original production of Kismet.

What’s amazing about Lucky to Be Me is that the tracks are drawn from a vast array of sources, including private recordings. The first CD is comprised of studio recordings Drake made, some of which have never reached the digital era. The second CD is made up of private recordings and live performances. Particularly notable in this set are a trio of tracks that allow you to hear Drake’s rich baritone as he auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera and five demo tracks for The Liar, a musical based on one of Carlo Goldoni’s classic comedies that found Drake in two offstage roles; he collaborated on the musical’s book and directed the show’s 1950 Broadway premiere.

This week’s free track comes from this section of the disc and it’s a piano rehearsal of Drake performing “People Will Say We’re in Love.” It’s simply and amazing find, and I imagine after you’ve heard this one track you’ll want to hear more. You can find additional sample tracks and pre-order this must-have release by clicking here.

Track / Performer
People Will Say We're in Love by Alfred Drake

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II

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