January 21, 2015

#95: A little treat from Rodgers and Hart

"Falling In Love With Love," music by Richard Rodgers and words by Lorenz Hart, was recorded by Frank with Billy May's dandy arrangement in 1961. Sinatra gets the most out of those internal rhymes -- much, such, trust, just:



Brief though it is, this song has staying power. I've had it in my head for weeks on end. Once my daughter-in-law, not a young woman overly interested in show tunes, heard me humming it and recognized the song. It seems she knew it from the 1997 Disney movie Cinderella with Whitney Houston and Bernadette Peters. That's when the song migrated from the old Rogers and Hart musical it was written for, The Boys from Syracuse (based on The Comedy of Errors) to the less old (1957) Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella, written for television. (The 1965 TV version with Leslie Ann Warren is the one I remember from my own childhood.) Here's Bernadette Peters doing the number in the movie.

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