Happy Talk (song)
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|Song from South Pacific|
|Songwriter(s)||Oscar Hammerstein II|
"Happy Talk" is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. It is sung by Bloody Mary to the American lieutenant Joe Cable, about having a happy life, after he begins romancing her daughter Liat. Liat performs the song with hand gestures as Mary sings.
Ella Fitzgerald recorded this song with Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra for Decca and it was included on her album Miss Ella Fitzgerald & Mr Gordon Jenkins Invite You to Listen and Relax.
"Happy Talk" is occasionally cut from productions of South Pacific on the grounds that the song is racist, citing the fake pidgin in which it is written. It was omitted from the made-for-TV remake of South Pacific" in 2001.
Captain Sensible version
|Single by Captain Sensible|
|from the album Women and Captains First (1982)|
|Released||26 June 1982|
|Genre||Synthpop, new wave|
|Label||Universal Music Group|
Richard Rodgers (music)|
Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics)
|Captain Sensible singles chronology|
Other cover versions
- Ella Fitzgerald recorded a version with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra on the Decca 78 rpm single "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" / "Happy Talk". It later appeared on the 1955 Decca compilation album, Miss Ella Fitzgerald & Mr Gordon Jenkins Invite You to Listen and Relax.
- Muriel Smith recorded "Happy Talk" in November 1951 on the UK Columbia record label, DB2957.
- Doris Day recorded "Happy Talk" in December 1960 for her album Bright and Shiny.
- Nancy Wilson sang "Happy Talk" on her 1961 collaboration with Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley.
- Claudine Longet recorded a version for her album Love is Blue (1968).
- In the late 1960s, Harpers Bizarre did a cover of the song.
- Daniel Johnston and Jad Fair covered the song on their album It's Spooky, released in 1989.
- The Four Freshmen covered the song on the album First Affair/Voices in Fun (2002).
- Karrin Allyson covered the song on the 2015 album Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein with Kenny Barron and John Patitucci.
- In 2004, UK grime MC Dizzee Rascal sampled Captain Sensible's version on the single "Dream", which reached No. 14 on the UK Singles Chart.
- A brief clip of the song, played on an organ, can be heard in The Wrong Trousers, in a sequence where Gromit is unable to sleep because of loud music.
- Deming, Mark. "Captain Sensible – Women & Captains First". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- Roberts, David. British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 410. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Автор: Claudine:Released (2008-07-06). "Claudine:Released: Claudine Longet "Love Is Blue" 1968 US Reel To Reel Tape (AMX 142)". Claudinereleased.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
- Roberts, David. British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 158. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.