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Broadway to Main StreetHow Show Tunes Enchanted America$
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Laurence Maslon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199832538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199832538.001.0001

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A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

Movie Stars and the Soundtrack of Broadway

(p.141) Chapter 10 A Few of My Favorite Things
Broadway to Main Street

Laurence Maslon

Oxford University Press

The technology to reproduce a film’s soundtrack for home consumption didn’t arrive fully until the early 1950s; it was no surprise that the Capitol soundtrack recording to the 1955 film of Oklahoma! was the biggest seller of its day. Film soundtracks gave home listeners a second chance to hear their favorite scores and often, as in the case of West Side Story, the film soundtrack provided a new opportunity to discover the music (that soundtrack stayed longer at No. 1 than any album in history to this day). The performer who sold more soundtrack albums than anyone else in the 1960s was Julie Andrews, whose simultaneous recordings of the films Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music made her the most ubiquitous singer in pop culture.

Keywords:   Film soundtracks, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews, The Beatles, West Side Story, Camelot

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