Episode Air Date: March 25, 2016
Artist: Jeannette McDonald and Nelson Eddy
Recording Title: Indian Love Call
You’re listening to Indian Love Call, recorded by Jeannette McDonald and Nelson Eddy for Victor in 1936.
And…You’re on the Sound Beat
The song was originally featured in the Broadway production “Rose-Marie” which started its run in 1924. Legend has it that lyricists Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach traveled to Quebec after hearing of an annual “ice sculpture festival” – but must’ve gotten some bad intel. There was no festival. Ahh, simpler times.
Still, they persisted, teaming with composers Herbert Stothart and Rudolph Friml to deliver the tale of love in the Candian Rockies..complete with murder and Mounties! It was one of the most popular musicals of the 1920’s, and was made into 3 separate films in 1928, 1936 and 1954. This song became McDonald and Eddy’s signature tune.