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Mario Lanza - With a Song in My Heart - Garbo & Taylor - Astaire & Charisse

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Published on May 19, 2011

Photos of M. Lanza, Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor, video of Astaire and Charisse dancing, along with two paintings by master artists, combine to form a gift for the eye as well as the ear.

Mario Lanza sings "With a Song in My Heart" so very beautifully. Long may his legacy live through his movies, his many recordings, videos on YouTube and through other media outlets. His voice may never be equaled. Hedda Hopper, well-known gossip columnist, believed that "There had never been anyone like Mario, and I doubt whether we shall ever see his like again."

"With a Song in My Heart" is a show tune from the 1929 Rodgers and Hart musical "Spring is Here".
The information above is from Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/With_a_S...). The lyrics are as follows:

With a song in my heart
I behold your adorable face.
Just a song at the start
but it soon is a hymn to your grace.

When the music swells
I'm touching you hand
It tells that you're standing near, and...

At the sound of your voice
Heaven opens its portals to me.
Can I help but rejoice
that a song such as ours came to be?

But I always knew
I would live life through
with a song in my heart for you.

The photographs of Mario Lanza were taken from the MGM movie "The Great Caruso". The movie is available from Turner Classic Movies.

The photographs of Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor are taken from the 1936 MGM movie "Camille". The movie is also available from Turner Classic Movies. It was directed by the incomparable and acclaimed George Cukor. The movie is a perfect jewel in every respect.

The story of "Camille" is based on the "The Alexandre Dumas, fils novel (which) was adapted into a play that was first produced in Paris in 1848. Information contained in a September 1937 feature article on Camille in Picturegoer Weekly notes that Dumas based his fictional heroine on Alphonsine Plessis, a French woman with whom he had had a relationship for eleven months. Plessis, who changed her name to Marie Plessis, died heavily in debt on February 3, 1947, at the age of twenty-three." The above quote is from: http://www.doctormacro.com/Movie%20Su...
Dumas' novel was the basis for the 1853 Giuseppe Verdi-Francesco Maria Piave opera La Traviata. Info is from: http://www.doctormacro.com/Movie%20Su...

Fred Astaire is actually dancing with Cyd Charisse to the music "Dancing in the Dark" from the movie "The Band Wagon". The video clip was taken from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDHwJr....

The names of the artists whose paintings were used are in order of the appearance of their paintings:
Franz A. Bischoff, (title unknown)
Alf Wallander, (title unknown)

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