First on CBS (Carol’s network) 12 November 1963, now available in its entirety here. Saw this when I was eight—and note the date: This was 10 days before President Kennedy was assassinated. Some bleak Thanksgiving weekend was to follow.
Carol duos “Secret Love” with big handsome Art Lund starting at 1:22:30. Lund had a swoony hit a few years earlier with Leroy Anderson’s “Serenata” (which I heard in my bassinette and still adore); and people forget Carol Burnett started as a legit Broadway singer with an invigorating presence and great legs. A surprising amount of sexual energy makes it to the small screen here.
Webster and Fain rearranged the music from the Doris Day MGM musical for this stage version and a new book was brought in so it sounds nothing like the film version which—of course, my bonny John Wilson being involved—gave the Proms its version.