Ok, this doesn’t have anything to do with Orange per se, BUT since I strongly believe that just about everyone in Orange has seen the Original 1965 Sound of Music movie, I simply have to share this little bit of trivia that I just discovered after almost 49 years.
Although I always thought Christopher Plummer was a very good Captain Von Trapp, I never thought his singing voice was very strong – even when I was 8 years old.
Today I discovered that Plummer did not sing in the movie.
That’s right, the captain’s singing was done by Bill Lee, a “playback singer” that you baby boomers may know as the father from the TV musical version of Cinderella, also made in 1965; Roger Darling’s singing voice in Disney’s 101 Dalmations. Remember “Cruella De Vil” and “Dalmation Plantation”? And he contributed to dozens of other Disney musicals and big budget Hollywood musicals, like South Pacific.
He was an Unsung Hero to many actors who could not sing. Much of his 30 + year career was uncredited.
Lee died from a brain tumor at the tender age of 64 in 1980.
If anyone deserves to be recognized by the Academy, I think it is Bill Lee, the man whose voice I’ve known most of my life, but just got to know today, 13.5 years after his death.