1945 Soundtrack/Original Soundtrack - State Fair & Centennial Summer

1945 Soundtrack/Original Soundtrack - State Fair & Centennial Summer
Album:
State Fair & Centennial Summer
Styles:
Film Score
Duration:
49:01
Release Date:
June 1, 1999

Although its legality may be questionable, this album provides a welcome combination of two somewhat similar movie musicals of the mid-'40s, drawing its tracks directly from the soundtracks to the films. State Fair, based on the Philip Strong novel and previously made into a non-musical motion picture in 1933, opened in 1945, telling the story of an Iowa farm family's adventures at, of course, the state fair. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the newly crowned kings of Broadway following the success of 1943's Oklahoma!, were well matched to the rural material, which had a similar tone to their big stage hit, and they turned out half a dozen songs in the same vein, even presenting a state song in "All I Owe Ioway" to match "Oklahoma!" A talented cast was led by Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine, and Jeanne Crain (whose singing was dubbed by Louanne Hogan). "It Might as Well Be Spring" won the Academy Award for best song and became a Top Ten pop hit, as did "That's for Me." Centennial Summer (1946), based on the Albert E. Idell novel, was about a family attending the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876, among them Jeanne Crain again (again dubbed by Louanne Hogan), along with Linda Darnell. The seven-song score represented the final effort of veteran composer Jerome Kern before his death, collaborating with lyricist Leo Robin (except for "All Through the Day" by Oscar Hammerstein II and "Cinderella Sue" by E.Y. Harburg). It was not, perhaps, one of Kern's best scores, although he went out with popular hits in "All Through the Day" and "In Love in Vain." The sound quality of the disc is not the best, and the editing leaves something to be desired, too, but this album contains some classic movie music of the mid-'40s.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Opening Music: Our State Fair / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersFay Bainter / Charles Winninger2:55
It Might as Well Be Spring / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard Rodgers3:48
It Might as Well Be Spring (Reprise) / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard Rodgers1:51
It Might as Well Be Spring (Reprise) / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersPhil Brown2:44
That's for Me / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersVivian Blaine3:02
It's a Grand Night for Singing / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersDana Andrews / Dick Haymes / William Marshall3:38
That's for Me (Reprise) / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersDick Haymes1:25
It's a Grand Night for Singing / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersVivian Blaine / William Marshall1:24
Isn't It Kinda Fun? / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersVivian Blaine / Dick Haymes2:59
All I Owe Ioway / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersFay Bainter / Vivian Blaine / William Marshall / Charles Winninger4:50
It's a Grand Night for Singing/Finale / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersDick Haymes0:41
Overture: Centennial -- Long Live Our Free America / Jerome Kern / Leo Robin2:23
Railroad Song / Jerome Kern / Leo RobinWalter Brennan / Eddie Dunn1:03
The Right Romance / Jerome Kern / Leo Robin1:51
Up With the Lark / Jerome Kern / Leo RobinWalter Brennan3:01
In Love in Vain / Jerome Kern / Leo RobinWilliam Eythe1:56
All Through the Day / Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome KernLarry Stevens3:26
Cinderella Sue / E.Y. "Yip" Harburg / Jerome KernAvon Long3:12
Up With the Lark (Reprise) / Jerome Kern / Leo Robin1:55
Finale / Jerome Kern / Leo Robin0:57

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