Hello, Gordon MacRae was best known for his roles in the film versions of, “Oklahoma!” in 1955 and “Carousel” in 1956. He was born Albert Gordon MacRae in East Orange, New Jersey on March 12, 1921. He served as a navigator in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He recorded many duets with Jo Stafford, including the #1 hit MY DARLING, MY DARLING in 1949. He appeared in many movies throughout his career. In 1951, he starred with Doris Day in, “On Moonlight Bay”, that was followed by a sequel, “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon”, in 1953.
He charted two hit records during the rock and roll era. The first was in 1956…I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO YOUR FACE,on Capitol Records…from the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady”, starring Julie Andrews. The single charted at #96 and remained on the Billboard Top 100 for three weeks. Gordon would not chart another single record until September 15, 1958. That record is…THE SECRET…on Capitol Records. The song became a big hit during the rock years as Gordon was in competition with the likes of Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and many others for a place in Top 40 radio rotation, but he did just well. THE SECRET climbed the Top 100 all the way to #18 and remained on the chart for 13 weeks. The flip side of the single, A MAN ONCE SAID did not chart. He would not chart another Billboard Top 100 or Hot 100 single.
He would continue to perform, appearing on popular TV shows such as “The Ed Sullivan Show” and others. He continued his musical stage career in popular musicals such as “Guys And Dolls” and “The Bells Are Ringing”. He replaced Robert Preston in the original Broadway musical, “I Do! I Do!. In the 1970s he appeared on the popular TV series McCloud. Gordon MacRae passed away in January of 1986 at the age of 64.
His 1958 hit record THE SECRET has since fallen off the playlists of oldies radio…such a shame…because it was such a popular song and a great oldie…CLICK THE TITLE BELOW AND LISTEN TO…GORDON MacRAE…SING HIS 1958 “LOST GOLD” HIT…”THE SECRET”
Till the next time—Joe