“WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH A STORM HOLD YOUR HEAD…IN YOUR HANDS AND SAY ‘BOLLOCKS’” AS OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN SUFFERS FROM LYRICIST’S BLOCK!

Well my first stab at this appears to have drifted off into the ether! Thrice bollocks!

- MIKE STEEDEN -

Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein

February 1945; New York: It is the ‘golden age’ of musical theatre and at its very epicentre we find the pairing of composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II finishing off the songs for their new Broadway stage production ‘Carousel’. Already Rodgers has the melodies for the show in place and exquisite they are. One song in particular, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is destined to become a world-wide hit for artists such as Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Judy Garland. However, for lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II things are not going smoothly for he has been afflicted with ‘lyricists block’. We join the pair as Oscar is explaining to Dickie the accursed issue at hand.

“I say Dickie I’m somewhat flummoxed.”

“How so Oscar?”

“Well it’s that ballad you knocked out the tune for last evening…you know the one I came up with a swift, and…

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