Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Richard Chamberlain Sings (TV's Dr. Kildare) - (1964)

Forget Dr. McDreamy! Here's the original dreamy TV doctor!

George Richard Chamberlain, born on March 31, 1935, became a teen idol in the title role of the television show "Dr. Kildare", which aired from 1961-1966. Coinciding with his rise to fame on the show, Richard also had a brief but moderately successful career as a pop singer. He had several hit singles, most of them from his debut album which I've posted here. His singing voice is actually quite nice! Richard didn't record many albums, and most of us know him as the king of television mini-series ("Shogun", "The Thorn Birds") and from films ("The Towering Inferno"), but he has continued to act in theatre (including musicals) and most recently guest-starred on an episode of "Nip/Tuck". Richard also finally "came out" a couple of years ago at the ripe old age of 69 in his autobiography, but I don't think that was a big surprise. He has always been such an astoundingly handsome man - and to never have gotten married or been linked to some beautiful woman? Come on - put two and two together!

Anyway, I've always liked Richard Chamberlain (although I never saw "Dr. Kildare" since I was just a toddler then), and was happy to find this album (another treasure from the clearance bin at Half-Price Books). He just looks so beautiful on the album cover! So, here it is...

Track listing for Richard Chamberlain Sings (TV's Dr. Kildare):

Side 1:
1. Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
2. All I Have to Do is Dream - reached #14 in 1963
3. I Will Love You
4. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
5. Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight) - reached #10 in 1962
6. It's a Lonesome Old Town (When You're Not Around)

Side 2:
1. True Love
2. I'll Be Around
3. Love Me Tender - reached #21 in 1962
4. All I Do is Dream of You
5. A Quiet Kind of Love


Katya Oddio said...

Looking forward to this one. Thank you for the sharity! Was such a weird kid, that I pretended to myself that my RC Cola frisbee was actually my Richard Chamberlain frisbee. Crushed pretty hard on that man. Funny that he is not my cup of tea as an adult, but then most of my crushes are not - Kermit the Frog, David Niven, Freddy Frog [New Zoo Revue], Josie [of the Pussycats], Bill Bixby, Menudo, Sebastian Cabot. (Hmmm, I guess I was all over the place with the crushes!) It will be a secret thrill to hear this record. Thanks again.

Katya Oddio said...

Thanks again! Just played it through, and it is dreamy. Sigh....

Patience and Prudence will always be my favorite version of "All I Do is Dream of You." Ever hear it?

Was the version of "All I Have to Do is Dream" that charted in 1963 the Paul Anka cover of the 1950s Everly Brothers hit? Boudleaux and Felice Bryant wrote it, but who charted in 1963? Was it really Richard Chamberlain?

Esther said...

Hi, Katya!

I'm glad you liked this album - definitely dreamy!

"All I Have to Do is Dream" charted three times in the Top 40 - in 1958 by the Everly Brothers, 1963 by Richard Chamberlain, and 1970 by Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell. Paul Anka may have charted with it in the Top 100, but not the Top 40.

Thanks for visiting!

GaLa said...

I have this album but the same that appears in my country, Argentina. I love all the song and the beautiful voice.
he sing for the movie JOy in the Morning, and in another movie in the '70, Slipper and the Rose. Later, he does some comedy musical in broadway like The sound of music...

Mari said...

Hi, Esther!
Please update your link.
I very much want to hear this album.

Esther said...

Link is updated! Thanks, Mari, for noticing. I try to keep up with the broken links, but sometimes miss one here and there.

Thanks for visiting!


Mari said...
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Mari said...

Esther, thank you very much!
It's wonderful and amazing! A remarkable album!
It has long been looking for this album.