Jul 25, 2016

Bucket Of Sads: Marni Nixon


If you're a fan of American movie musicals, then you're a fan of Marni Nixon - even if you don't know who she is. Sadly, the super-secret-undercover singing voice of Natalie Wood in "West Side Story" and Deborah Kerr in "The King and I," and countless more, has just sashayed away to that great movie palace in the sky. But not before leaving us with an Unsung Cheerful Exclusive! just for you.

In 1983, Marni was in her mid-fifties when she recorded this LP - and it's a wonderful treat. With an all-Gershwin set list, she's accompanied by her favorite pianist Lincoln Mayorga. Her classical vocals are so delicate, they shimmer, his trilling soprano so effortless, it's a wonder she didn't become a star in her own right instead of "ghosting" for others. Still, she did enjoy a fine concert career, and in 1999, she toured in her own show, "Marni Nixon: The Voice Of Hollywood." I really wish I had seen it.

7 comments:

boppinbob said...

Thanks for the share. Time magazine called her "The Ghostess with the Mostest". I have earmarked the 22nd February (her birthday)to do a post on my blog. Regards, Bob.

espo said...

Hi cheerful !!...thanks for the comment glad you enjoyed "Peggy"...Here's a bit of "English Nonsense"inspired by your" Secret Song File" less Pic of Course !!!....a couple of tracks that might please you By one of your favourite singers !! no doubt that you probably have got the tracks but its nice to hear then side by side...OK here goes with my version of your "SECRET SONG FILE" British Style!!!
"End your day on The Vanuent" watching half of cher being icey !!!

http://www83.zippyshare.com/v/QdAYCUkR/file.html

hope this works....cheers Luigi...

The Cheerful Earfull! said...

It worked like a charm. Luigi, thank you!
And you're right, side-by-side is an unusual treat.

And, hey, boppinbob, I look forward to your Marni post!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful...

OFF TOPIC: I was looking for something else and Holy Smokes did you see this collection?

"The Classic Soundtrack Collection Henry Mancini"

Wow! I hope you will post this one some day!!!! You are my go to source for great soundtrack music!

tony said...

Talented Marni lived a fascinating, long life. Thanks for honoring her!

espo said...

Hi Cheerful....check out "Kathy Kirby" on my Blog if i'm not mistaken it's just up your street !!!...cheers....Luigi !

The Cheerful Earfull! said...

Hi Anon, I wish I had that Mancini collection!
And espo, thanks for the heads up about Kathy!