The songwriter Richard Adler was born in New York one hundred years ago - August 3rd 1921. To mark the occasion, we present a reprise of a special show Mark put together a decade ago to mark the long-lived Mr Adler's ninetieth birthday, featuring a song apiece from two of the biggest Broadway hits of the 1950s, The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees.
In the course of the show, we'll hear a brace of exclusive rare live performances: from the Steyn archives, Mark prompts Richard Adler himself to recreate "Hey There", the big ballad from Adler & Ross's first Broadway score - and then Mark joins Liza Minnelli, Gwen Verdon, the great Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova; and a host of Broadway's greatest talent, from Kander & Ebb, writers of "New York, New York", to Comden & Green, writers of Singin' In The Rain, from Sheldon Harnick, lyricist of Fiddler On The Roof, to Hal Prince, director of Phantom Of The Opera, in a rousing performance of Adler & Ross's great showstopper, "You gotta have Heart".
We'll also hear more music from Richard Adler's catalogue, performed by Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Elton John, Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr, and Allan Sherman - plus three words from Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. To listen to this special presentation, simply click above.
~If you enjoy our Sunday Song of the Week, we now have an audio companion, every Sunday on Serenade Radio in the UK. You can listen to the show from anywhere on the planet by clicking the button in the top right corner here. It airs thrice a week:
5.30pm London Sunday (12.30pm New York)
5.30am London Monday (2.30pm Sydney)
9pm London Thursday (1pm Vancouver)
Don't forget, some of Mark's most popular Song of the Week essays are collected in his book A Song For The Season. You can order your personally autographed copy exclusively from the SteynOnline bookstore - and, if you're a Mark Steyn Club member, don't forget to enter your promo code at checkout for special member pricing.
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