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Climb Ev’ry Mountain (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Song from The Sound of Music
Published 1959
Writer Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer Richard Rodgers  from the album ‘Shirley Bassey’

B-side “Reach for the Stars”
Released July 1960
Format 7″ single
Length 3:10
Label Columbia

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain” is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. Here it is sung at the close of the first act by the Mother Abbess. It is themed as an inspirational piece, to encourage people to take every step towards attaining their dreams.

This song shares inspirational overtones with the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel. They are both sung by the female mentor characters in the shows, and are used to give strength to the protagonists in the story, and both are given powerful reprises at the end of their respective shows. However, as Oscar Hammerstein II was writing the lyrics, it developed its own inspirational overtones along the lines of an earlier Hammerstein song, “There’s a Hill Beyond a Hill”. He felt that the metaphors of climbing mountains and fording streams better fitted Maria’s quest for her spiritual compass. However, the muse behind the song was Sister Gregory, the head of Drama at Rosary College in Illinois. The letters that she sent to Hammerstein and to Mary Martin, the first Maria von Trapp on Broadway, described the parallels between a nun’s choice for a religious life and the choices that humans must make to find their purpose and direction in life. When she read the manuscript of the lyrics, she confessed that it “drove her to the Chapel” because the lyrics conveyed a “yearning that ordinary souls feel but cannot communicate.”

Although this song has parallels with “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” the song shares musical similarities with the song “Something Wonderful” from The King and I. Both songs are played at a similar broad tempo, and both songs have accompaniments punctuated by heavy chords in the orchestral score.

The song has often been sung by operatically trained voices in professional stage productions. In the original Broadway production it was sung by Patricia Neway, in the original London production it was sung by Constance Shacklock, and in the original Australian production it was sung by Rosina Raisbeck.

In the original stage play, the Mother Abbess sings the song at the end of the first act. When Ernest Lehman wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation he shifted the scene so that this song would be the first major song of the second act. When Robert Wise and his film crew were filming this scene, Peggy Wood had some reservations about the words, which she felt were too “pretentious.” So they filmed Peggy Wood in silhouette, against the wall of the set for the Mother Abbess’ office. However, Peggy Wood’s singing voice is ghosted by Margery MacKay, the wife of the rehearsal pianist Harper MacKay, as Wood was not able to sing the high notes of the song.

Cover versions: Tony Bennett had a very minor hit in 1960 with his recording of the song.
Andy Williams released a version on his 1960 album, The Village of St. Bernadette.
The Fleetwoods released a cover version of the song that can be found on their 1990 album, The Best of The Fleetwoods.
In 1961, Welsh singer Shirley Bassey recorded the song and released it as part of a double A-sided single with “Reach for the Stars.” It reached #1 in the UK and remained on the charts for 18 weeks.
In 1989, Sissel Kyrkjebø sang a Norwegian version, “Se Over Fjellet”.
Alex Burrall’s version can be heard in the 1992 movie The Jacksons: An American Dream. Burrall (portraying Michael Jackson 6–8 years of age) sings the song at a school pageant show.
Christina Aguilera covered the song in 2000 and it’s included in her concert DVD My Reflection.
In 2003, Guy Sebastian’s interpretation of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” was seen by TV viewers of Australian Idol season 1 when he performed it on the 1960s theme night. Sebastian went on to win and become the first Australian Idol. In 2004, he recorded “Climb Every Mountain” for the B-side of his #1 single “All I Need Is You”.
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Lyrics:

Climb every mountain,
Search high and low
Follow every byway
Every path you know

Climb every mountain
Ford every stream
Follow every rainbow
‘Til you find your dream

A dream that will lead
all the love you can give
Every day of your life
For as long as you live

Climb every mountain
Ford every stream
Follow every rainbow
‘Til you find your dream

A dream that will lead
All the love you can give
Every day of your life
For as long as you live

Climb every mountain
Ford every stream
Follow every rainbow
‘Til you find your dream

Dame Shirley Bassey

Dame Shirley Bassey At Abbey Road Recording New Studio Album

Some exciting news.. According to the Tweets below by orchestral violinist Russell Gilbert, Dame Shirley Bassey is back at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London today recording a NEW ALBUM!!

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 244 -1960-

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As Long As He Needs Me

Written by Lionel Bart

recorded: June 22, 1960
released: UK: July 1960 on Columbia single DB 4490 US: September 14, 1962 on United Artists single UA 511 charted: single UK: #2, August 4, 1960
Released in 1960 on a single and later on an EP. The single climbed to number two in the charts. The single stayed in the singles Top 50 charts for 30 consecutive weeks, one of the longest unbroken runs in UK singles chart history. It was her first hit single with Columbia Records, where she had signed 1959. Released in 1963 on the collection album Shirley Bassey Sings The Hit Song From OLIVER!. Also recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra on the album I Am What I Am. The song is available on CD on many collections, and from the 1960′s to this day Shirley performs this song at many concerts, therefore there are many live recordings available too.

This song is from the musical “Oliver!” written by Lionel Bart. The musical is based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. The premiere was on Thursday, June 30th, 1960 in the New Theatre in London. The film adaptation of Oliver! won six Oscars. Lionel Bart (his real name is Lionel Begleiter) was one of the best known composers of contemporary music. Bart disposed of the film and musical rights to Oliver! He sold them in 1973 – a decision that he thought had perhaps cost him £100 million. In 1994 Sir Cameron Mackintosh made a successful West End production of Oliver!. In the the video An Audience With Shirley Bassey you can see Lionel Bart in the audience. Another song he had written was for example the title song of the second James Bond movie “From Russia With Love” (1963), performed by Matt Monroe. Other songs of Lionel Bart that Shirley Bassey has recorded are “Where is love” (also from “Oliver!”) and “Far away” (from “Blitz”). Lionel Bart died on April 3rd 1999 of cancer. He bequeathed a quarter of all the income from his work to establish a charitable foundation, to which he has also given a quarter of his net estate.

On the internet the following review of the 1962 Original Broadway Cast album of “Oliver!” was found: Lionel Bart’s musical version of Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens’s novel of Industrial Revolution London in the late 19th century, was far more entertaining than the subject matter would suggest. The show has Dickens’s sad story of poverty and crime, but also one of the strongest scores heard on Broadway in the 60s – “I’d Do Anything,” “Be Back Soon,” “Oom-Pah-Pah,” “As Long As He Needs Me” – in fact, it’s one hit after another (no wonder this album reached #4 in the charts and went gold). And it has the incomparable Georgia Brown too.

There was a studio drama behind this hit: Producer Norman Newell had booked the vast number one recording studio at EMI’s Abbey Road for a Bassey recording session, and he and a large orchestra awaiting Shirley’s arrival. When she failed to appear at the expected time Norman made a frantic phone call to Shirley’s home to discover that she had completely forgotten about the recording session and had gone off to the cinema! Newell quickly arranged for every cinema in London’s West End to ‘page’ the missing singer and soon afterwards a breathless Shirley arrived at Abbey Road. The Orchestra was booked till 5:30pm and she came rushing in at ten past five … and gave one of the best recording performances of her career!

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Lyrics:

As longs as he needs me
I know where I must be
I’ll cling on steadfastly
As longs as he needs me

As long as life is long
I’ll love him, right or wrong
And somehow I’ll be strong
As long as he needs me

If you are lonely then you will know
When someone needs you you love them so
I won’t betray his trust
Though people say I must
I’ve got to stay true just
As longs as he needs me

If you are lonely then you will know
When someone needs you you love them so
I won’t betray his trust
Though people say I must
I’ve got to stay true just
As longs as he needs me

(lyric provided by John Bol

Dame Shirley Bassey and Lionel Bart
Dame Shirley Bassey and Lionel Bart

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