When I was six my dad brought home our family’s first record player and with it one Long Playing record — the original Broadway cast recording of My Fair Lady.  The LP format was only four years old at that time, 1956, and it felt like a technological miracle, especially in the tiny North Carolina where we lived.


I don’t know if my dad bought the machine (like the one pictured above) so he could play the LP — it was an incredibly popular album and still holds the record for the most weeks in Billboard‘s top forty chart — or if he got the LP as part of the deal for the machine.  Maybe it was just the one LP he picked out among many to demonstrate the wonder of our new jet-age appliance.


The album was played endlessly in our house — I myself played “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” endlessly, though I’m not sure why its wistful longing enchanted me so much at that age.


Miraculously, I just found a copy of the 1956 album on eBay in fairly good shape.  It still ravishes me and takes me back magically to the day I first heard it.

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  1. That studio picture is a treat. I’m a little younger than you (thank goodness!), but I grew up on that record too. I distinctly remember sitting on the family couch in Lima, Peru (1964-5), and later in Holland, holding the record jacket on my lap, and listening from beginning to end. Thanks for your reminiscences.

  2. The music in this (and many other Broadway hits) is better in vacuo; watching the movie adds nothing. In other words, buy the CD and skip the DVD.

    • Haven’t seen the movie in a while — remember it as mediocre. I saw a Broadway revival of the show which was a lot of fun. I’m a big fan of Hollywood musicals in general, though.

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