Dick Foran, Vivienne Segal, Vera-Ellen, Shirley Ross, Hildegarde
  • Overture {A Connecticut Yankee}
  • My Heart Stood Still Lyrics {A Connecticut Yankee} - Dick Foran
  • Thou Swell{A Connecticut Yankee} - Dick Foran
  • On a Desert Island With Thee Lyrics {A Connecticut Yankee}
  • To Keep My Love Alive Lyrics {A Connecticut Yankee} - Vivienne Segal
  • Can't You Do a Friend a Favor {A Connecticut Yankee} - Dick Foran
  • I Feel at Home With You {A Connecticut Yankee}
  • You Always Love the Same Girl {A Connecticut Yankee} - Dick Foran
  • Finale {A Connecticut Yankee} - Dick Foran
  • Nothing But You {Higher and Higher} - Shirley Ross
  • Ev'ry Sunday Afternoon {Higher and Higher} - Shirley Ross
  • From Another World {Higher and Higher} - Shirley Ross
  • It Never Entered My Mind {Higher and Higher} - Shirley Ross
  • Careless Rhapsody {By Jupiter} - Hildegarde
  • Jupiter Forbid {By Jupiter} - Hildegarde
  • Ev'rything I've Got {By Jupiter} - Hildegarde
  • Nobody's HeartLyrics {By Jupiter} - Hildegarde
Original Release Date: June 29, 1944
Label: Polygram Records
Re-issue date: March 6, 2001

 Reviews    Decca Broadway offers a fascinating reissue: the original 1944 Decca recording of Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's A Connecticut Yankee. Based on Mark Twain's classic, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the musical debuted on Broadway in 1927 and featured such soon-to-be standard songs as "Thou Swell" and "My Heart Stood Still [Lyrics]." The composers revived the show in 1943 (it was Hart's last work on Broadway before his untimely death five days after the opening night) where it starred Vivienne Segal, Dick Foran and a lively comedienne and dancer named Vera-Ellen. For the revival, Rodgers and Hart also composed a show-stopping solo number for Segal, "To Keep My Love Alive." Decca recorded this production shortly after the opening and issued an album of nine songs a few months later.

Now here's where the story gets interesting…

The album of A Connecticut Yankee was recorded on lacquered glass discs. While certainly a fragile and tenuous way to preserve recordings, this was nevertheless a common practice during World War II, due to the shortage of such supplies as aluminum. Sometime in the 1960s, Decca copied the recording onto a 1/4 inch magnetic tape, but in the process - regrettably — destroyed the original glass records. With no demand for its use, the tape sat on a warehouse shelf gathering dust. When the Decca Record Company dissolved in 1973 (purchased by MCA Communications Group), many archived recordings were transferred to storage facilities across the country. It was at this time that the only tape of A Connecticut Yankee known to be in existence was lost.

Because the original masters were unavailable, subsequent releases of this cast album on LP and CD could only be made from scratchy 40 and 50 year-old 78s. But as fate would have it, the lost tape turned up last spring. It had been languishing in the basement of a residence on Long Island for the past 27 years! Back home at Decca Broadway, A Connecticut Yankee recently received a thorough restoration, using the latest 24-bit digital technology. The result is the cleanest, brightest and finest-sounding original version of Rodgers & Hart’s classic score in 57 years.

As a bonus, this release is supplemented by selections from two other rare 1940s Rodgers and Hart Broadway recordings: Higher and Higher (1940), featuring its original Broadway star, Shirley Ross, and By Jupiter (1942), featuring the popular nightclub vocalist and Decca recording artist Hildegarde. Although hardly a household name, Shirley Ross was an accomplished actress and singer; her rendition of the classic "It Never Entered My Mind " from this show still remains the finest interpretation of this work. Hildegarde was famous for her silken renditions of some the loveliest songs of the period including a famous interpretation of the standard "Darling, je vous aime beaucoup," written by her friend and sometime manager Anna Sosenko. She continued to perform in public until recently. Collectors and music lovers will jump at the chance to have these wonderful vintage recordings — available at last and now sounding as if they were recorded yesterday.