“Alfie”, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”, “This Guy’s in Love with You”, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.”
“Do You Know the Way to San Jose”, “Walk On By”, “What the World Needs Now Is Love”, “I Say a Little Prayer.”
Your brain now is accessing memory files from the ’60s and ’70s.
“(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”, “One Less Bell to Answer” and “Anyone Who Had a Heart”
Admit it. You’re singing to yourself now wondering why they don’t write songs like that anymore. If you remember the lyrics from these major American hits, tune in tonight to “If What The World Needs Now: Words by Hal David” airing on Channel 13 in the NYC metropolitan area (Saturday, April 6 at 10 p.m.)
Nice, big, fat shout-out to Paper Mill Playhouse Saturday night during the Channel 13 screening of the 1951 version of “Show Boat” as part of its weekly Reel 13 classic movie feature.
At the end of “Show Boat” Prof. Richard Peña, currently the director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, talked about all the changes made to musical over the years including downplaying the African-American characters, changing offensive lyrics, eliminating songs.
He noted that a live performance by the Paper Mill Playhouse was videotaped for television and shown on Great Performances on PBS contains more of the songs (and fewer cuts) than any of the film versions. It also restored not only the original book of the 1927 Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein but other songs and dance numbers thrown away over the years, he said.