1961 Motion Picture

Rodgers & HammersteinFlower Drum Song

Shortly after the original motion picture premiered in New York City, the film’s soundtrack was released with new, rousing orchestrations by Alfred Newman and Ken Darby. In this era of movie musicals, screen actors were often dubbed with professional singers, which is why the songs were credited to the characters rather than the actors. On this soundtrack, American opera star Marilyn Horne sang “Love, Look Away,” for the character of Helen Chao (portrayed by Reiko Sato on screen) and B.J. Baker sang for the character of Linda Low, though she was played by the glamorous Nancy Kwan in the film. The soundtrack, originally released on monaural and stereo by Decca Records, was listed as a “National Breakout,” and charted among Billboard‘s Top LPs at the beginning of 1962.