Song of the Day: Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley, “The Sweetest Sounds”

Composer and songwriter Richard Rodgers, who wrote 43 Broadway musicals and over 900 songs, mostly with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, was born on this day in 1902. After the death of Hammerstein in 1960, he wrote both the words and music for the 1962 musical No Strings, which won two Tony Awards. It is significant for pairing Diahann Carroll, a Black actress, with Richard Kiley, a White actor, as a married couple. While it hardly raises an eyebrow now, at the time, at the beginning of the civil rights movement, it was revolutionary. From that musical, here is "The Sweetest Sounds."

10 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley, “The Sweetest Sounds”

  1. I never realized what a beautiful voice she has and it goes so well with Richard Kiley. I just remember her as a nurse and later on Dynasty where she was a true stunner.

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