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Gordon MacRae

With his handsome boy-next-door looks, deep baritone, and glorious smile, Gordon MacRae found success as a recording artist, film actor, and television and radio personality. He recorded for Capitol Records for more than two decades, and starred in two of the most popular musicals of the 1950s, the movie versions of Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and Carousel, both of which had appeared previously on Broadway.

Beginning in 1947, MacRae's releases for Capitol were quite successful. Through 1954 he scored numerous hits, among them "Rambling Rose," "So in Love," "It's Magic," "I Still Get Jealous," "Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue," and "At the Candlelight Café." Following an absence of four years from the charts, "The Secret" brought about his return.

MacRae's chart success was not limited to solo efforts. He also collaborated with Jo Stafford, who previously sang for Tommy Dorsey's outfit. MacRae and Stafford hit the top of U.S. charts with "My Darling, My Darling." The duo also released the singles "A -- You're Adorable," "Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart," "Whispering Hope," "Bluebird of Happiness," "Dearie," and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo." MacRae also put out an album in collaboration with his first wife, Sheila MacRae, an actress and singer.

The performer's full name at birth was Albert Gordon MacRae. Born in New Jersey, he grew up in Syracuse, NY. During his high school years he was a member of the drama club. In addition to singing, he also could hold his own on the saxophone, clarinet, and piano. During his late teens, a contest win took him to New York, where he performed for several weeks during the World's Fair. The engagement gave him the opportunity to sing with professionals such as Les Brown and Harry James. The following year, Horace Heidt hired MacRae as a vocalist for his band. The singer stayed with Heidt's outfit for a couple of years before enlisting in the armed forces, where he received training in navigation.

After his war service, MacRae debuted on Broadway, taking over for Tommy Arbuckle in Junior Miss. In 1946 he moved on to Three to Make Ready, Ray Bolger's Broadway revue. The production brought him to the attention of Capitol and led to his contract with the company. During the late '40s MacRae landed a starring role in the music-based program The Railroad Hour, where he remained through 1954 despite a change of networks. During this period Warner Brothers snapped him up for its motion pictures, giving MacRae a seven-year deal and launching him in The Big Punch. A number of movie roles followed, casting him opposite such actresses as Doris Day, June Haver, Shirley Jones, Jane Powell, and Kathryn Grayson.

MacRae bowed out of the movies in the mid-'50s and concentrated on television work and live concerts. He hosted his own program, The Gordon MacRae Show, and frequently turned up on such popular television shows as The Colgate Comedy Hour. He began struggling with alcoholism by the end of the 1950s, but by the 1970s he claimed to have wrested control over the addiction. In 1982 MacRae was struck down by a stroke, but he endured until 1986, when he died of pneumonia. He also suffered from cancer. MacRae and his first wife divorced in 1967. The marriage produced four children, among them actresses Meredith MacRae and Heather MacRae. He wed Liz Schrafft in 1967, and the couple raised one child. ~ Linda Seida
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Autumn Leaves

2. Summertime

3. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

4. Singin' In The Rain

5. Now

6. Where Or When

7. Fly Little Bluebird

8. It Might As Well Be Spring

9. Cara Mia

10. The Lord's Prayer

11. Laura

12. I'll Remember April

13. Who Are We

14. The Long, Hot Summer

15. Endless Love

16. Why Break The Heart That Loves You

17. Never Before And Never Again

18. Rambling Rose

19. Fate

20. Holy, Holy, Holy

21. Ordinary People

22. Hooray For Love

23. If I Forget You

24. Without A Song

25. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning

26. High On A Windy Hill

27. The Stranger

28. Button Up Your Overcoat

29. Sayonara

30. All The Things You Are

31. Lonely

32. Palace Of Love

33. When You Kiss Me

34. Little Do You Know

35. Till We Meet Again

36. Congratulations To Someone

37. Obey

38. Cabin In The Sky

39. Rock Of Ages

40. How Do You Speak To An Angel?

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Track List: Gordon MacRae Sings The Desert Song

5. The Desert Song

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Track List: Highlights From The World's Greatest Operettas

1. Stout Hearted Men

2. Lover, Come Back To Me

3. Wanting You

4. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise

5. Moonbeams

6. Yesterdays

7. The Touch Of Your Hand

8. The Desert Song

9. Song Of The Vagabonds

10. Some Day

11. Only A Rose

12. Vilia

13. Deep In My Heart

14. Just We Two

15. I'm Falling In Love With Someone Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life

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Track List: Sings For You

1. Tick A Tee

2. How Do You Speak To An Angel?

3. Why Break The Heart That Loves You?

4. Younger Than Springtime

5. Cuban Love Song

6. Just The Way You Are

7. Oh! Oh! Ophelia

8. Two Faced Heart

9. So In Love

10. Never In A Million Years

11. Congratulations To Someone

12. The Prairie Is Still

13. Love Means Love

14. River Of Smoke

15. You Forgot

16. I'm Yours To Command

17. This Is Heaven To Me

18. Bianca

19. Ramona

20. Chartreuse

21. I Still Dream Of You

22. You Love Me

23. Baby Doll

24. My Love

25. Soothe My Lonely Heart

26. Just One More Chance

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Track List: The Very Best Of

1. Gentle Hands

2. I Get Up Every Morning

3. Bella Notte

4. Soothe My Lonely Heart

5. In The Gloaming

6. These Things Shall Pass

7. Backward Turn Backward

8. I Am Loved

9. Face To Face

10. One Misty Morning

11. Never Till Now

12. Merry Christmas Waltz

13. A Wonderful Christmas

14. Oklahoma Hills

15. You Love Me

16. Red River Valley

17. Gesu Bambino

18. I Went To The City

19. You're Gonna Lose Your Gal

20. Mansion Over The Hilltop

21. A Chapter In My Life Called Mary

22. Green Grow Lilacs

23. Use Your Imagination

24. San Antonio Rose

25. Straight And Narrow

26. Brotherly Love

27. Tumbling Tumbleweeds

28. Cowboy's Lament

29. The Little Old Church Near Leicester Square

30. Long, Long Ago

31. My Love

32. The Last Round-Up

33. How Close

34. A Woman In Love

35. Stars Of The Summer Night

36. Stranger In Paradise

37. How Green Was My Valley

38. Wagon Wheels

39. The Cowboy's Serenade

40. Juanita

41. Adeste Fideles

42. Sweet And Low

43. Some Enchanted Evening

44. Love's Old Sweet Song

45. Last Night

46. Follow Your Heart

47. Here's What I'm Here For

48. Songs Of Christmas Part 1

49. Songs Of Christmas Part 2

50. Peace In The Valley

51. Love Can Change The Stars

52. Now The Day Is Over

53. I Asked The Lord

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Track List: Romantic Ballads

1. Stranger In Paradise

3. Younger Than Springtime

4. Ramona

5. I Don't Want To Walk Without You

6. High On A Windy Hill

7. Face To Face

8. C'est Magnifique

9. So In Love

10. Never In A Million Years

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Track List: Kismet (Music From The Original Broadway Cast)

2. Fate

8. The Olive Tree

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Track List: The Capitol Years (Best Of)

1. Stranger In Paradise

2. June In January

3. My Funny Valentine (From 'Babes In Arms')

4. It Might As Well Be Spring

5. So In Love

6. Spring Is Here

7. I'll Remember April

8. Where Or When

9. That's For Me

10. All The Things You Are

11. Begin The Beguine

12. Indian Summer

13. September Song

14. Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)

15. And This Is My Beloved

16. Without A Song

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Such an amazing voice. Miss him
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I have saw Carousel and Oklahoma and I fell in love with him and Shirley Jones. They go great together! : )
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MANY HAPPY MEMORIES COME TO MIND WHILE LISTENING TO HIM AND WATCHING HIS MOVIES.
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cassina880
His Don't Cry Joe is out of this world!
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More of Gordon's music needs to be added to pandora. He has so many fans! He recorded many songs in the late 40s with Jo Stafford and beyond. His voice is absolutely beautiful!
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st_cecelia
Not enof Gordon MacRae recordings seem to be available on Free Pandora.
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howell.wong

Gordon MacRae appears as the regular host and artist on the Railroad Hour radio program. He plays the lead role opposite a female quest singer during the fifties and sixties era. The Railroad Hour programs are available for five dollars on a CD, perhaps two CD's. I got the whole Railroad Hour recordings that are available from Old Time Radio (OTR) website and loaded them unto my computer and from there to my ipod. I have hours and hours of Gordon"s singing at my finger tips. The audio is
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kal748
Are there just no recordings around of his music? He has such a nice voice and did more than just a couple of musicals. Hopefully more can be added to Pandora.
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Yes, Gordon MacRae had a terrific voice and I would like to hear more of his recordings.
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crashcousecr a c k h e a d
I just saw Oklahoma on Turner Classic Movies last night. What a great voice this guy had. I see the soundtrack from Carousel is available, but not Oklahoma which is such a classic. I wish there were more recordings of him to listen to here on Pandora. I just read an aritcle about him on Wikipedia. It says that many of his recordings were with Jo Stafford in the 'forties. He appeared in several movies with Doris Day, and his career peaked in the 'fifties.

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