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Alfred Drake

With his deep, baritone, vocals, Alfred Drake (born: Alfred Capurro) reigned over Broadway during the 1940s and ‘50s. Best known for his portrayal of Curly in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 musical, Oklahoma, he debuted such classic songs as "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning", "Surrey With A Fringe On Top", "People Will Say We're In Love" and the title tune.

Drake appeared in some of the era's most influential productions. Making his stage debut in Mikado, in 1935, he starred, with Mitzi Green and Ray Heatherton, in Babes In Arms, two years later. With music composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and choreographed by George Balanchine, Babes In Arms was one of few musicals to be successfully staged at the height of the Depression.

The 1930s offered only a hint of Drake's versatility. In the 1940s, he co-starred, with Burl Ives, in a folk musical, Sing Out Sweet Land", in 1944, portrayed a union organizer in a revival of Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock in 1947 and appeared in an updated version of The Beggar's Opera, composed by Duke Ellington. He capped the decade as star of Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate.

Drake continued to find interesting roles in the 1950s and early-60s. Although he turned down an offer to portray the lead in The King And I, in 1951, he showed his strength in the role when he substituted for Yul Brynner for several weeks. He received a Tony award for his portrayal of Hadji, a street poet who becomes Wazir of Baghdad, in the 1953 folktale, Kismet, and made his television debut, in 1957, in a Hallmark Hall Of Fame production of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, Yeomen Of The Guard. He appeared, with Richard Burton, in John Gielgud's Hamlet, in 1964.

Making his final Broadway appearance, in a 1973 revival of Gigi, Drake continued to make occasional appearances in films, including Trading Places in 1983, and television for the remainder of his life. With his passing on July 25, 1992, Broadway lost one of its greatest leading men. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Broadway

1. Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'

2. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top

3. The Farmer And The Cowman

4. Oklahoma

6. If I Loved You

7. June Is Bustin' Out All Over

9. Some Enchanted Evening

10. Bali Ha'i

11. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair

12. This Nearly Was Mine

13. I Whistle A Happy Tune

14. Getting To Know You

15. Shall We Dance

16. Ol' Man River

18. Baubles, Bangles And Beads

19. Stranger In Paradise

21. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'

22. It Ain't Necessarily So

23. I Got Rhythm

24. The Hostess With The Mostes'

27. Doin' What Comes Natur'lly

28. You Can't Get A Man With A Gun

30. Anything You Can Do

32. Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

38. So In Love

42. Once In Love With Amy

43. The Oldest Established

44. I'll Know

45. A Bushel And A Peck

46. Guys And Dolls

47. Luck Be A Lady

48. Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat

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Track List: Broadway: The American Musical

Disc 1

2. Swanee

3. When The Moon Shines On The Moonshine

6. Facinating Rhythm

7. If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)

9. Bill

10. Ol' Man River

11. Ain't Misbehavin'

12. Ten Cents A Dance

14. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime

15. Night And Day

16. Heat Wave

18. You're The Top

20. September Song

21. My Heart Belongs To Daddy

22. It Never Entered My Mind

25. Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'

Disc 2

2. If I Loved You

3. Come Rain Or Come Shine

4. There's No Business Like Show Business

5. How Are Things In Glocca Morra

6. Once In Love With Amy

8. Some Enchanted Evening

10. Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

11. Luck Be A Lady

12. Getting To Know You

14. Stranger In Paradise

18. I Could Have Danced All Night

21. Glitter And Be Gay

22. Tonight

Disc 3

1. Seventy-Six Trombones

3. Everything's Coming Up Roses

4. My Favorite Things

6. Try To Remember

7. Camelot

9. I Believe In You

11. Comedy Tonight

12. What Kind Of Fool Am I?

15. People

17. If I Were A Rich Man

18. Night Song

19. The Impossible Dream

Disc 4

4. Ladies Who Lunch

7. I Don't Know How To Love Him

10. Send In The Clowns

13. All That Jazz

14. Tomorrow

15. Don't Cry For Me Argentina

18. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

Disc 5

1. Memory

3. Move On

5. The Music Of The Night

9. With One Look

12. Seasons Of Love

17. Movin' Out

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Yes this song is great I think of this song and sing it when I wake up
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Love the song a beautiful mornin and Oklahoma the song love the movie one of the best movies and musucals
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Curly
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I love him he is cute voice good you got to love him great guy
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