Although we’re in the midst of full blown excitement about the Alfie Boe and Michael Ball Together Tour, we’re also counting down the fans favourite Alfie Boe Live Song. Last week saw the publication of numbers 9 and 10, both new entries this year.
This week, we’re looking at 7 and 8. The song voted in at number 8 is a song that made it to the top five in 2014, You Are My Heart’s Delight from Blackpool (thanks Nikki Lewis for sharing):
Oh what a magical moment that was, made all the more special by knowing Alfie’s family were in the audience that night. Anyone familiar with Alfie story knows that You Are My Heart’s Delight is a personal favourite for him and his father, Alfred. As well as singing it for his first D’oyly Carte audition, Alfie spent many a Sunday lunchtime in the Boe household listening to Alf senior’s music and Alfie says that Richard Tauber was one of his father’s favourite singers. Tauber became particularly well known for singing the song; indeed it comes from a 1929 operetta, The Land of Smiles, written for his voice by Franz Lehar. Click here to see Tauber’s version. Alfie’s English version is one my joint favourite album, Love Was A Dream. My other favourite album is nothing like this!
Onto the next song, number 7 in the countdown which is another top five number from 2014: Buona Sera. At that time, we had only seen Alfie sing it live at the Belfast Proms and at a charity concert in Utah earlier that year but that was before the Serenata tour when we heard it at the end of every concert:
Thanks to Linda W for sharing, this was the first concert of that tour – roll on the next one in November!
Written by Peter de Rose and Carl Sigman (Sigman also wrote the lyrics to the English version of Arrivederci Roma), most people will be familiar with the Dean Martin version. However, the song was first recorded by Louis Prima (click here to see that version). Prima was a big band, swing singer of the mid twentieth century and Buona Sera was one of a long line of hits. Incidentally, Prima is the voice of King Louis in Disney’s The Jungle Book.
Love Was A Dream and Serenata are available here:
thanks for reading and sharing – songs 6 to 5 will be revealed next week!
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