Friday, June 17, 2011

Webber/Rice: 'Any Dream Will Do' Is 1968 Song

The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber production that is coming to Singapore showcases his internationally acclaimed compositions, especially one from Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. It is called Any Dream Will Do, composed together with Tim Rice. I saw the musical at the Kallang Theatre when the *RUG performed here some years ago but didn't realise that the song was written in 1968.

It is a full 2 hour musical today but was originally a fifteen minute performance at Collete Court School in London in the late 60s. The song was first recorded on vinyl by Joe Cuddy (image) and it became a number one hit in Ireland in 1974. (I haven't heard of Joe Cuddy before listening to this particular song. Have you?)

Any Dream has been sung by Donny Osmond, Andy Gibb and others but associated with **Jason Donovan after it was released as a single in 1991. The singer played Joseph in the West End stage production at London Palladium. This beautiful and haunting song was on the UK singles chart for only two weeks. It's strange that a song of this quality and stature lasted for such a short time.

It is also true that the version by Donovan is not listed under 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, edited by Robert Dimery. Do you like this song? Tell us.
A temporary sample of the You Tube Recording is on the right side-bar.

*Really Useful Group.
** The two Jasons: Jason Donovan is an Australian singer born in 1968, while Donovan Philip Leitch is a Scottish singer born in 1946 with 60s hits, Atlanta, Jennifer Juniper, Mellow Yellow, etc.
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Original article: Andy Lim.

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