‘Two Drifters, Off To See The World . . .’

Originally posted February 21, 2008

Very little from yesterday’s Baker’s Dozen is available on YouTube, it seems, at least not in forms that make sense to share here. But that doesn’t mean that the video I’m sharing by default – Audrey Hepburn’s Hollly Golightly being overheard by George Peppard’s Fred Varjak as she sings “Moon River” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – isn’t of some interest.

According to the Internet Movie Data Base, “The song ‘Moon River’ was written especially for Audrey Hepburn, since she had no training as a singer. The vocals were written to be sung in only one octave.”

The site goes on to note: “At a post-production meeting following a screening of the film, a studio executive, in reference to ‘Moon River,’ said, ‘Well, I think the first thing we can do is get rid of that stupid song.’ Audrey Hepburn stood up at the table and said, ‘Over my dead body!’ The song stayed in the picture.”

I looked at the video for Dennis DeYoung’s “Desert Moon” and found a copy that I am unable to embed here. It’s pretty good for a 1984 video, and in the context of the video, the song works much better, I think. You can see the video here.

By the time I placed this post in the blog archives, the video was available for embedding. Here it is. [Note added June 12, 2011.]

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