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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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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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