Thursday, 25 October 2018

And there was music, and there were wonderful roses

Today would have been the 91st birthday of the dearly-departed and peerless Barbara Cook. All hail.

By way of a little tribute to the lady with the golden tonsils, here she is (as a very young gal), performing songs from the show that launched her long and legendary career...

There were bells on the hill
But I never heard them ringing
No, I never heard them at all
Till there was you

There were birds in the sky
But I never saw them winging
No, I never saw them at all
Till there was you

And there was music

And there were wonderful roses
They tell me
In sweet fragrant meadows of dawn, and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all
Till there was you!


Barbara Cook (25th October 1927 – 8th August 2017)


  1. I probably watched this on TV! Incredible voice. xoxo

    1. Believe it or not, her voice was favourably compared by some critics to Maria Callas... Jx

  2. It's something of a jolt to realise "Music Man" is so old! And you might like her Gershwin on the tube

    1. Miss Cook could sing the phone book, and it would still be utterly breathtaking! Jx

  3. Oh! The Beatles did a cover of this!
    Ms Cook has an excellent depth of tone, and I should really watch The Music Man as it's referenced so much in popular culture *Hangs head in shame*

    1. It's a terribly silly-but-endearing musical film - perfect for a Sunday afternoon rather than intensive viewing. Jx


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