Barry Manilow looks at the second episode in Richard Rodger's career, his songwriting partnership with the lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II.
The grandson of theatre impresario Oscar Hammerstein, Oscar II was writing books and lyrics for Broadway musicals by the early 1920s. Among his early collaborators were Vincent Youmans, Rudolph Friml and Jerome Kern (with whom he wrote Showboat in 1927), before he formed his famous partnership with Richard in 1943.
During their 16-year collaboration, Rodgers and Hammerstein produced the enduring classics Oklahoma! Carousel, The King and I, The Sound of Music and the Pulitzer Prize-winning South Pacific.
After Hammerstein's death in 1960, Rodgers wrote his own lyrics to No Strings and collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Do I Hear a Waltz. His last show was 1970's Two by Two.