|"The Sweetest Sounds"|
"The Sweetest Sounds" is a popular song, with words and music written by Richard Rodgers for the 1962 musical No Strings. The song opens and closes the show for characters Barbara Woodruff and David Jordan, performed by Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley in the original Broadway theatre production and subsequent cast recording.
In television and film
The song is featured in the 1997 adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, performed as a duet by Brandy and Paolo Montalbán. Barbra Streisand featured the song in the 1973 broadcast Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments.
In addition to the respective cast albums and telefilm recordings, the song has been recorded by various artists including:-
- Peggy Lee - included in her album Sugar 'n' Spice (1962)
- Perry Como - for his album By Request (1962)
- Sergio Franchi recorded the song for his 1963 RCA Victor Red Seal album Broadway...I Love You.
- Eydie Gorme - in the album Blame It on the Bossa Nova (1963).
- Ella Fitzgerald's swinging cover can be heard on her 1964 Verve Records release Hello, Dolly!.
- Andy Williams released a version of the song on his 1964 album The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits.
- Kathy Kirby - a single release in 1964.
- Nancy Wilson - for her album Broadway – My Way (1964)
- Patti Page - in her album Love After Midnight (1964)
- Shirley Bassey recorded the song for her 1965 album Shirley Stops the Shows.
- Helen O'Connell recorded the song for her 1963 album An Era Reborn with Helen O'Connell.
- Rosemary Clooney - for her album Rosemary Clooney Sings Rodgers, Hart & Hammerstein (1990)
- Bobby Darin recorded the song on January 11, 1963. It remained unreleased until June 8, 1999: Ultra-Lounge - Wild, Cool & Swingin'.