On this posting, I connect beautiful actresses from the '60s with beautiful songs from the '60s. The connecting link is the movie they appear in. Below are the images of the actresses and the song related movies they starred in.
Today? Do we get pretty ladies singing romantic songs in movies? No, they'll fight on the screen as superheroes. Sigh.
Which one of the following songs do I sing on stage?
She starred in this sizzler which started a trend in the '60s. The gossip movie about small towns, whispers, and dangerous teenage liaisons.
The song was a hit staying for weeks on the charts of Billboard Hot 100. In Singapore, most moviegoers lapped up the movie and song for weeks. The book was a best seller too. And Sandra Dee became a teen idol as many local girls called themselves, Sandra Tan, Sandra Lim or Sandra Ng.
While Sandra Dee in 1960 became the sweet girl from next door, Gina Lollo was the sultry sex symbol in 1961 and a hit around the world. Singaporeans can never forget her in Trapeze with Burt Lancaster where she showed her hourglass figure and Come September with Rock Hudson, Bobby Darin, and Sandra.
The instrumental was heard everywhere over Rediffusion, the radio and coffee shops. Composed by singer Bobby Darin and performed by the famous Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra, Come September also played match-maker to Darin and Dee who got married.
Kim Novak: Picnic
One of the prettiest actresses in the 60s Kim Novak was, personally, what Charlize Theron is today. Bewitching and with celebrity looks, she was incomparable.
I shall never forget her in the movie, Picnic where she danced with William Holden and the enchanting medley of the Picnic theme song and the 1933 independent hit Moonglow lives forever. The youtube video says it all.
When I went to see The Nutty Professor starring Jerry Lewis I didn't realize that the popular song, Pretty Blues Eyes by Steve Lawrence was referring to Stella Stevens in the movie.
But there she was outside the classroom door staring at her professor with forlorn eyes and our slapstick comedian mesmerized by her beauty. Stevens, on the other hand, was pretty cool handling our lovesick Professor with her come-hither poses. Nearly a million viewers for this 1963 movie and song. That's something.
Audrey Hepburn: Breakfast At Tiffany's:
One could be your neighbor's daughter, another a sultry pussycat working in a nightclub and the third, someone's quiet mistress. But Audrey Hepburn was sophistication personified in this gorgeous movie laden with gold, silver, and shimmering diamonds.
Henry Mancini filled the cinema hall and screen with his everlasting song, Moon River, sung by crooner magnifico, Andy Williams. Both the movie and song were the greatest hits.