This week I’m taking you back to the early 20th Century to listen to a song that Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy popularized from a Broadway operetta named Rose-Marie (the longest running musical of the 1920’s). These artists performed in the 1936 cinema version of the story and this song was considered their “signature song.” Rose-Marie was a story of star-crossed lovers. This version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008
MacDonald began her singing career at the age of six. Her musical gift grew as she did. She had a three octave range beginning at E above high C. She had a reputation as a lady who could still bargain a good price for her work. She and Nelson Eddy teamed up on Naughty Marietta and they were such a hit that they worked together in eight movies and were called America’s Sweethearts.
Nelson Eddy was an amazing baritone, and one of the great heart throbs of the era. He, too, was a singer from a young age and began in church choirs. You can find out more about them here.
As is the case in many of the really old songs like this, I heard them first at my dad’s knee. Later I noted that he had a certain naughty twinkle in his eye when he put this record on the turntable, and my mother had a saucy grin.
I’m sending you to a website today instead of YouTube because this site has the lyrics as well as the music. What stands out to you in this duet?