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The film of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music opened in March 1965, and was a smash. Its soundtrack album was just as phenomenal, and in Britain that year it quickly toppled Bob Dylan to become the country's Number One album. And it stayed Number One, on and off, for almost three years. The Rolling Stones and the Monkees and Val Doonican Rocks, But Gently would come along and hit the top for a week or two, and then Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer would effortlessly re-assert their dominance for another couple of months. Rodgers & Hammerstein were particularly good at seeing off the Beatles: Virtually every Fab Four album was knocked off Number One by The Sound of Music - Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver... And fifty years ago ...
George C Scott would have been ninety a couple of weeks back, and, distracted by Harvey Weinstein or some such, I neglected to mark the occasion. I regret that he's not around, because he would have made a great screen geezer. Instead, he barely eked out his three score and ten. I saw him on stage not long before he died, in 1995 on Broadway in Inherit the Wind, and I count myself lucky. He spent the first part of the run fighting off the flu, the second part fighting off a $3.1 million sexual harassment suit from his 26-year old assistant (If you're wondering "Why the .1?", I've no idea), and then he got an aneurysm in his leg. The producer, Tony Randall from The Odd Couple, was also the understudy and he ended up playing a lot of ...
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