Richard RodgersBorn 28 June 1902. Died 30 December 1979
Richard Rodgers Biography (Wikipedia)
Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was an American composer, known largely for his work in musical theater. With 43 Broadway musicals and over 900 songs to his credit, Rodgers was one of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, and his compositions had a significant impact on popular music.
He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart, with whom he wrote several musicals throughout the 1920's and 30's, including Pal Joey, A Connecticut Yankee, On Your Toes and Babes in Arms, and Oscar Hammerstein II, with whom he wrote musicals through the 1940's and 50's such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. His collaborations with Hammerstein, in particular, are celebrated for bringing the Broadway musical to a new maturity by telling stories that were focused around characters and drama rather than the light-hearted entertainment that the genre was known for beforehand.
Rodgers was the first person to win what are considered the top American entertainment awards in television, recording, movies and Broadway – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award — now known collectively as an EGOT. In addition, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only two people to receive all five awards (Marvin Hamlisch is the other).
- Best bits from Oklahoma! (2017)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05c5kz8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05c5kz8.jpg2017-08-11T19:00:00.000ZRodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! brought new dramatic depth to the Broadway musical. With John Wilson and his orchestra and their signature energy and swagger.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05c5k9v
Best bits from Oklahoma! (2017)
- 'My Favourite Things' is given the kalimba treatmenthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p048hjky.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p048hjky.jpg2016-09-20T13:34:00.000ZYoun Sun Nah brings her unique style to a Sound of Music classic live on In Tunehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p048hl2q
'My Favourite Things' is given the kalimba treatment
- A sultry, sexy Chet Baker tribute: My Funny Valentinehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p045hmdx.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p045hmdx.jpg2016-08-22T10:48:00.000ZRodgers and Hart's classic from Norma Winstone, the John Horler Trio and Quentin Collins.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p045hpmb
A sultry, sexy Chet Baker tribute: My Funny Valentine
Richard Rodgers Tracks