If I Loved You

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"If I Loved You"
Song from Carousel
Published 1945
Songwriter(s) Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer(s) Richard Rodgers

"If I Loved You" is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.

The song was introduced by John Raitt as "Billy Bigelow" and Jan Clayton as "Julie". It was performed in the 1956 film version Carousel by Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

In the show, the characters of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan sing this song as they hesitantly declare their love for one another, yet are too shy to express their true feelings.

The song was in turn inspired by lines of dialogue from Ferenc Molnár's original Liliom, the source material for the musical.

There were four hit versions of the song in 1945 by Perry Como (#3), Frank Sinatra (#7), Bing Crosby (#8) and Harry James (8).[1]

Recorded versions[edit]

There are many recordings of "If I Loved You" including by:


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 526. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  2. ^ Julie Andrews - Broadway: The Music of Richard Rodgers, Philips Records, D106250 (1994)
  3. ^ If I Loved You" - John Raitt and Jan Clayton with the Carousel Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Littau. Recorded May 16, 1945 in New York City, Master # 72863-A, originally released on Decca single 29173A and Original Cast Album DA-400, July 19, 1945. Source notes from Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, 1935 - 1988. Four Compact Disc Set, Broadway Gold/MCA Classics, MCAD4-11353 (1996)
  4. ^ "Carousel [1987 Studio Cast] - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". 
  5. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ http://www.discogs.com Archived 2012-04-21 at the Wayback Machine. Sergio Franchi
  7. ^ Carousel (1994 Broadway Revival Cast), Angel Records (June 14, 1994)
  8. ^ Carousel (1956 Film Soundtrack). Reissued on CD by Angel Records (March 13, 2001)
  9. ^ Barbra Streisand: The Broadway Album. Columbia Records/CBS, Inc. (1985)

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