Mary Poppins was released on August 27, 1964, to critical acclaim and commercial success. It became the highest-grossing film of 1964 and, at the time of its release, was Disney’s highest-grossing film ever. It received a total of 13 Academy Awards nominations, winning five. Among the winners was Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”. So no wonder there are so many versions of the soundtrack out there, like the selection of Mary Poppins LP records in this post.
Mary Poppins is considered Walt Disney’s crowning live-action achievement. And I’d like to say that it is largely due to the wonderful job Richard and Robert Sherman did on the music.
I’ve already covered an LP version of this movie’s soundtrack as interpreted by Lawrence Welk, so it only feels right that we give Ray Conniff and The Singers their place at the mic:
Joseph Raymond Conniff (November 6, 1916 – October 12, 2002) was an American bandleader and arranger best known for his Ray Conniff Singers during the 1960s. So it’s appropriate that he would be asked to give his take on the classic songs from the movie in 1965. He was the hottest thing since sliced bread at the time!
This record also included songs from The Sound of Music, another Julie Andrews vehicle, My Fair Lady, a movie that Julie Andrews should have been in as she was the one to make the role famous on Broadway, and other movie themes. So it appears that this was an anthology effort. It’s interesting though how much of it centers on Andrews body of work.
I didn’t buy it due to the poor condition of the vinyl record itself.
The next LP is from 1964, the same year the Disney movie came out. It was in even worse shape than the LP above, both the vinyl and the sleeve. Pity. I really liked the artwork:
This appears to be primarily demo tracks, and not the actual music from the movie, as sung by Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and others of the original cast. Instead, Marni Nixon, Bill Lee, and Richard Sherman provide all of the vocals. This would be awesome as it is a chance to hear other versions of familiar hits!
The good thing about these old vinyl records is that the market for them is limited. So the prices are reasonable. These were 3 for $10.00 as you picked through a bargain bin. Mint condition copies can fetch between $10.00 and $25.00 CAN.
Vinyl is on the way back in among young listeners today. For me, it never left!