Tuesday, 22 September 2015
LP Artwork: Sammy Davis Jr Sings the Complete "Dr Dolittle"
The film musical was inspired by the series of children's books written by Hugh Lofting. Indeed, Dr Doolittle first appeared in the author's illustrated letters to children which he wrote from the horrors of the trenches during World War I.
The album turned out to be the singer's last collaboration with arranger/conductor Marty Paiche and, judging by the results, was a labour of love, nurtured by his friendships with, and utmost respect for, the songs' composers, Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.