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Gary Marmorstein quotes"the long time music director Buster Davis on Rodgers and Hart:
I put [Rodgers and Hart] a little bit ahead of George and Ira. Musically, Rodgers, though not given to the rhythmic variations of Gershwin, had an incredible harmonic sense; his melodies go places the Gershwins never thught of. The reason: Rodgers catered to Hart -- and Hart's lyrics, especially the later ones, are complex, multidimenisonal and unique" (Marmorstein, Ship without a Sail, p. 11).
Walter Willison sings "I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You,"
introduced by Peter Filichia at the 61st Annual Theatre World Awards, at Studio 54, New York City, on May 23, 2005
"I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You" is a perfect Rodgers Songbook song (with words by Martin Charnin, but not included in our catalog because it was written in 1970, five years after our somewhat arbitrary cut-off date. Should we ever get around to creating a volume 2, "I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You" will certainly be included. In the meantime, here it is sung by Walter Willison who introduced it in the 1970-71 Broadway musical Two By Two. The most well known recording of this song is by Tony Bennett and can be found on his 2002 album, The Essential Tony Bennett.
Ben Brantley, "Music, Memories and Regret," The New York Times, August 16, 2011 (Review of Ten Cents a Dance -- "Ten Cents a Dance [is] John Doyle's beautiful, brooding collage of the songs of Rodgers and Hart . . . at the Williamstown Theater Festival," Williamstown MA.)
NPR Music (archive of relevant programs often including audio segments);
David Ewen. American Songwriters, An H. W. Wilson Biographical Dictionary. New York: The H. W. Wilson Co., 1987 (includes 146 bios of composers and lyricists). -- a wide selection of used copies is available at abebooks.com (entry, pp. 313-329).
Stephen Sondheim. Finishing the Hat [various editions]:Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes. New York: Knoph, 2010 (multiple references to Rodgers).
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