|Comden & Green|
|Mercer & DePaul|
I confirmed only after hearing the Johnny Mercer- Gene DePaul demo recording (with just a piano accompaniment) that, yes, the backwoodsmen in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers reference Robin Hood and his Merrie Men when singing "Sobbin Women." Though what that has to do with kidnapping your bride I still haven't the faintest clue. Hearing one of the songwriters chuckle a little during one of their demos songs for this film made these musical giants seem refreshingly human. [As did hearing Cole Porter's voice waver throughout his famous catalog song, "You're The Top."]
What are some of your favorite recordings of songwriters singing their own songs?