Jo Stafford Discography

Reprise F-2018 (Album)

Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre Presents
South Pacific

Also issued as a stereo album, Reprise FS-2018

Issued November 1963 – 33 rpm LP

Side 1:

(Overture, by Orchestra & Dites Moi, by The McGuire Sisters)

Cockeyed Optimist (A)
with Orchestra conducted by Morris Stoloff
Matrix No. 2170 * Recorded 5th July 1963 

(Twin Soliloquies [Wonder How It Feels], by Frank Sinatra and Keely Smith)

(Some Enchanted Evening, by Frank Sinatra & A Wonderful Guy, by Keely Smith)

(Younger Than Springtime, by Bing Crosby)

Bali Ha’i
with Orchestra conducted by Morris Stoloff
Matrix No. 2173 * Recorded 5th July 1963 

Side 2:

(There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame, by Sammy Davis Jr.)

(I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, by Dinah Shore)

(Bloody Mary, by The Hi-Lo's)

(Happy Talk, by Debbie Reynolds)

(Younger Than Springtime [Reprise], by The Hi-Lo's)

(This Nearly Was Mine, by Frank Sinatra)

(Honey Bun, by Dinah Shore)

(Carefully Taught, by Sammy Davis Jr.)

(Some Enchanted Evening [Reprise], by Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney)


This album was Disc 4 of the Box Set ‘Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre’, but it was also sold separately. 
The set’s four discs feature songs from popular Broadway musicals: ‘Finian's Rainbow’ (Disc 1), ‘Guys And Dolls’ 
(Disc 2), ‘Kiss Me Kate’ (Disc 3), and ‘South Pacific’ (Disc 4).
In the first few months after the release of the albums in November 1963, they were only available to readers of Curtis Publishing Company magazines – who could purchase them through mail order. An article in Billboard magazine explained: ‘Reprise Records is using Curtis Publishing Company to sell its much-heralded four-album repertory theater series. Ads for the "South Pacific," "Kiss Me Kate," "Finian's Rainbow" and "Guys and Dolls" albums are scheduled for the Saturday Evening Post, Holiday magazine and Ladies' Home Journal and will run through February. The first ads have already appeared in the Post. The ads are two full pages (...) A mail-order coupon enables readers to select any or all of the albums (…) According to the label, the albums will be offered to dealers some time next year’ (Billboard, November 30, 1963). Scans of the magazine ads and the mail-order coupon can be found on
It was not before November 1964 that the separate discs and the box set could be purchased in record stores. The first reviews of (the retail versions of) the albums appeared in newspapers on November 8, 1964 (The Los Angeles Times, 
The Daily Oklahoman).

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