South Pacific (soundtrack)

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South Pacific
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released March 1958
Recorded 1958
Genre Show tunes
Length 45:58
Label RCA Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Original Soundtrack to the film South Pacific was released in 1958. The film was based on the musical South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which had been first staged nine years earlier. The composers had much say in this recording, with many of the songs performed by accomplished singers rather than the actors in the film.[1] Mitzi Gaynor and Ray Walston were the only two leading performers who did their own singing in the film (and on the soundtrack album). The roles of Emile DeBecque, Bloody Mary and Joe Cable were sung by Giorgio Tozzi, Muriel Smith and Bill Lee, respectively.

The album became a major success, reaching No.1 in both the US and UK. In the US, the album stayed at No.1 for seven months - the fourth longest run ever.[1] In the UK, the album remained in the top five for 27 consecutive weeks before reaching No.1 in November 1958. It stayed at the top for a record-breaking 115 weeks (the first 70 of these consecutively - including the whole year of 1959), and remained in the top five for 214 weeks.[2]

Track listing[edit]

The songs on the soundtrack LP and CD are arranged in the order that they appear in the Broadway musical, not in the order in which they appear in the film.

Side One

  1. "South Pacific Overture" (3:03)
  2. "Dites-moi" (1:19)
  3. "A Cockeyed Optimist" (1:45)
  4. "Twin Soliloquies/Some Enchanted Evening" (5:53)
  5. "Bloody Mary" (1:57)
  6. "My Girl Back Home" (1:42)
  7. "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame" (3:50)
  8. "Bali Ha'i" (3:41)

Side Two

  1. "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" (2:56)
  2. "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy" (3:23)
  3. "Younger Than Springtime" (4:59)
  4. "Happy Talk" (3:46)
  5. "Honey Bun" (1:48)
  6. "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" (1:15)
  7. "This Nearly Was Mine" (2:12)
  8. "Finale" (2:58)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
Billboard 200[3] 1958 1
1959
UK Albums Chart[2] 1958 1
1959
1960
1961

References[edit]

Preceded by
King Creole by Elvis Presley
The Explosive Freddy Cannon by Freddy Cannon
Elvis Is Back! by Elvis Presley
Down Drury Lane to Memory Lane by 101 Strings
G.I. Blues by Elvis Presley
G.I. Blues by Elvis Presley
G.I. Blues by Elvis Presley
The Black and White Minstrel Show by George Mitchell Minstrels
The Black and White Minstrel Show by George Mitchell Minstrels
UK Albums Chart number-one album
8 November 1958 - 12 March 1960
19 March 1960 - 30 July 1960
6 August 1960 - 10 September 1960
15 October 1960 - 14 January 1961
4 March 1961 - 11 March 1961
1 April 1961 - 8 April 1961
1 July 1961 - 29 July 1961
26 August 1961 - 2 September 1961
9 September 1961 - 16 September 1961
Succeeded by
The Explosive Freddy Cannon by Freddy Cannon
Elvis Is Back! by Elvis Presley
Down Drury Lane to Memory Lane by 101 Strings
G.I. Blues by Elvis Presley
G.I. Blues by Elvis Presley
G.I. Blues by Elvis Presley
The Black and White Minstrel Show by George Mitchell Minstrels
The Black and White Minstrel Show by George Mitchell Minstrels
The Black and White Minstrel Show by George Mitchell Minstrels