A Night With Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience

March 13, 2015 10:45 PM

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"I'm old-fashioned, I love the moonlight, I love the old-fashioned things. The sound of rain upon a windowpane, The starry song that April sings. This year's fancies, are passing fancies But sighing sighs, holding hands, These my heart understands. I know I'm old-fashioned But I don't mind it. That's how I want to be As long as you agree To stay old-fashioned with me." These words were written by Johnny Mercer and the music by Jerome Kern for a film titled You Were Never Lovelier, penned in 1942. It was introduced by Nan Wynn who dubbed it for Rita Hayworth in a dance routine with Fred Astaire.

It has been sung by Judy Garland, Dinah Shore, Julie Andrews, Andy Williams, Blossom Dearie, the King Sisters -- and since the 1980's by Cassandra Wilson, Maria Joao, Stacey Kent and Victoria Williams. It was part of an early "try" by classical soprano Eileen Farrell in 1960. Jessye Norman followed ...

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