Uncle Stevie wrote:Hi everyone and thanks for welcoming me into your group. I am a sucker for female singing stars. I do not think any male singer, no matter how good, carried a movie. I can take my singers I love the most and describe my passion for them:
Uncle Stevie wrote:Deanna Durbin - She had a marvelous unwaving voice with power on big notes that was hard to beat. She had a natural and compelling charm that made her a movie success in her day. Much of her Opera arias were individually taught and not up to Opera standings but delivered in a pleasant manner. It was her passion to do the Met but never followed through.
Uncle Stevie wrote:Grace Moore - Grace was indeed a trained Opera Star and did sing at the Met and other venues in the world. In movies Grace Moore had a magnetic attraction that made me a fan. She had a great and powerful voice. She had a smile that could mow down an army. She was unique in her mannerisms and would wave her arms when she sang. In other words she was alive. Her acting was crude but pleasant. She came from a poor Tenesee town but dragged herself to become a multilingual Opera Star. She was a little rough around the edges but made her way in grand style. She died young in a plane crash.
Uncle Stevie wrote:Jeanette MacDonald - Jeanette was more of a silent film star and her recorded was indeed of poor quality. As she grew up she gained more of a "movie personality". I actually like Jeannette more from her later films than the first ones. Three Daring Daughters with a 16 year old Jane Powell was a good example of Jeanette in maturity having appeal for everyone. I liked Jeanette but not as much as the others above.
Uncle Stevie wrote:There you have my quick synopsis. I hope I did not bore anyone.
jdb1 wrote:Moira opens a good point in saying that movie musicals are now the exception rather than the rule. I wonder why that is. With the immense popularity of music videos, you would think that the sight of people spontaneously bursting into song onscreen would not be hard to accept
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