Tonight, we celebrate the 85th birthday of the great Barbara Cook. This week's Live from Carnegie Hall features the second of three live concert recordings by Barbara Cook at the Hall.
Artist: Barbara CookAlbum: Barbara Cook: It's Better With A BandLabel: Moss Music GroupDate Recorded: September 14, 1980Fun Fact: "The Ingenue" from the album includes the line, "Movie roles you live to play / They give to Shirley Jones to play." Having made her name on Broadway in the stage version of The Music Man, Barbara Cook saw the role of Marian Paroo in the film version go to Shirley Jones.
Barbara Cook's 1976 debut concert at Carnegie Hall proved to be the launch of a very successful second phase of her career that continues through today. It's Better With A Band is the fruit of what was just Ms Cook's second headlining concert here.
Supported by long-time collaborator Wally Harper and a band of 15 musicians, she led off with Irving Berlin's "I Love a Piano" and before to her final encore—Noel Coward's "If Love Were All"—she displayed the range of her voice by singing a selection that included "Lullaby in Ragtime," a jazzy "Sweet Georgia Brown," and an extended medley of Leonard Bernstein compositions that included West Side Story, Mass, and On the Town.
Since this concert, Barbara Cook has gone on to sing 13 more times at Carnegie Hall, most recently as part of James Taylor's 2011 gala celebration in honor of Carnegie Hall's 120th anniversary.
Happy birthday, Barbara Cook!
Barbara Cook performs "Sweet Georgia Brown" and a Bernstein medley from her album It's Better With a Band.
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