South Pacific (soundtrack)

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South Pacific
South Pacific soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedMarch 1958
GenreShow tunes
LabelRCA Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 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 (who had played Luther Billis in the original national tour and in the original London production)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 (who had played the role in the original London production) 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
Billboard 200[3] 1958 1
UK Albums Chart[2] 1958 1


  1. ^ a b c "AllMusic - Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands". AllMusic.
  2. ^ a b Official Charts - South Pacific UK Chart run
  3. ^ "AllMusic - Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands". AllMusic.