Behind file 11 is a yellow-labeled MGM 45 rpm, complete with the trademark lion’s head. This copy is from 1951. It’s the famous Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, from the 1949 film Words and Music, a film which I have never seen.
If you don’t know the record by name, you’ll know it by the famous opening on Side A. I recognized the sound right away. There are no lyrics whatsoever on this 45 rpm. It was written by Richard Rodgers, and first appeared in the Broadway musical/ballet On Your Toes in 1936.
This music occurs during a rather tragic scene, one which I won’t spoil in case you haven’t seen it. (although the title may give a bit away!)
Here are both sides A and B with Lennie Hayton as the orchestra leader.
I think you have to see the ballet to get the full effect of the music. I am not partial to this one at all.
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