Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Music to get your weekend started – South Pacific and The King and I

As you have discovered in recent weeks I have been a music fan most of my life, from the songs from the musicals such as South Pacific (still mourn the death of Lieutenant Cable) and The King and I. My father was serving in HMS. Afrikaander in Cape Town and in addition to his normal duties, he was also the officer in charge of films. Reels would be sent out to stations around the world and were shown in the messes, usually with a supper and few drinks thrown in.  The films were not recently released but were part of a massive library that had been established from distributors for the entertainment of those serving in the armed forces.

On Saturday mornings my father would take us to the base to meet up with other naval children for cartoons and a feature film, which is where, at the age of 10, I first fell in love with Lassie! Since then I have had three Lassies, Sacha, Sabre and Sam… and I feel that there might be enough room in my heart for another… hopefully soon.

My father would also occasionally bring home a projector and the latest movie to arrive from the UK. My parents would have a few friends around for a curry and a film show. My brother and I would be put to bed at the normal time, but as soon as I heard the opening soundtrack, I would creep along the corridor and perch in the hall so that I could see through the crack between the door and the frame. Everyone in those days was a smoker and the door was left ajar so that they did not asphyxiate…

Surprisingly this gave me a wonderful view of the screen. I would scurry back to bed when it was time for a reel change and the ladies took advantage to powder their noses in the guest bathroom in the corridor. Once there was a clink of glasses and conversation stopped, I would hop back and resume my position until the end of the film.

In honour of my secret nocturnal pastime… I thought today I would share favourite songs from those two movies. The first being ‘I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair‘ from ‘South Pacific’ and I have done that a few times in the intervening 55 years……I am sure I am not the only one.  And it you are really quick at the start you will see Lieutenant Cable…….be still my heart.

If you have not seen South Pacific… then here is the link to buy in various formats:

My second choice is from ‘The King and I’ with Yul Brynner and the beautiful Deborah Kerr. ‘Shall we Dance’

And you buy this movie here:

So that is some nostalgia and a reminder of a different time in movie making where romance, music and life were portrayed in a simpler and slightly more rose-tinted way… and for a child they inspired a life long love of music and movies.

I hope you have enjoyed the selection today and please leave your favourite tracks or movies in the comments and all the better if you can find the YouTube link so that others can head over to listen too. Thanks Sally

27 thoughts on “Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Music to get your weekend started – South Pacific and The King and I

  1. I love musicals. When I was a little girl, my sister and I would listen to records (LPs) that my parents had purchased of Broadway musicals– such as The Sound of Music and South Pacific, and also the movie versions, such as West Side Story. We had Oklahoma and Fiddler on the Roof. My sister and I can sing the songs from most of those, and then my daughters were involved in theater and musical theater. . . I don’t think I could pick a favorite. 🙂

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  2. The more you write about your life, the more I want to read. Childhood in SA?! I am also amazed to be reminded of the cultural influence of places like Broadway and Hollywood — that these musicals from New York would get made into films in California which would then be shipped and shown around the entire planet is somewhat astounding. Or that childhood viewings of Lassie could inspire your lifelong connection with collies! I love these two musicals, too. I was in a production of The King and I (as Louis) when I was 11 or 12; so I know the stage version well. I have only fallen in love with South Pacific as an adult. One of my friends used to perform “I’m Gonna Wash That Man” in a cabaret revue we put together about water (standing in a plastic wading pool with me sprinkling water on her hair using a watering can). THANK YOU for sharing these songs to start the weekend!

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  3. Your today selection reminded me my favourite musical which I watch around Christmas every year. Sitting in my chair with mug full of hot chocolate in my hand and for around 90 minutes finding myself in different world. And I’m talking about Holiday Inn and its leading song White Christmas! 😊

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  4. Oh Sal, you were a lurker just like I was when I was a kid – for different reasons of course, lol, as I was eavesdropping on the current state of my family dysfunction. But great song choices! Happy weekend! ❤

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  5. I love both of these songs and movies. I, too, feel that I was born in the wrong century. There is nothing like the old movies – especially the song and dance ones. I love Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly, and the dance routine, Good Morning, with Debby Reynolds, Donald O’Connor. There is too much violence and horror in today’s films.

    Thanks for bringing back some of the good memories of the old films. Have a wonderful weekend, Sally! Hugs xx

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  7. I love them! I studied a course on the American musical at Mount Holyoke and I did my final essay on Oklahoma, South Pacific and Allegro (one of the few musicals they wrote that was not very successful). I keep catching any productions I can of their musicals anywhere I am. Thanks, Sally!

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