If I Loved You Explained
"If I Loved You" is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. The song was introduced by John Raitt and Jan Clayton. It was performed in the film version by Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.
In the show, the characters of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan sing this song as they hesitantly declare their love for one another, yet are too shy to express their true feelings.
The song was in turn inspired by lines of dialogue from Ferenc Molnar's original Liliom, the source material for the musical.
Notes and References
- Julie Andrews - Broadway: The Music of Richard Rodgers, Philips Records, D106250 (1994)
- Barbra Streisand: The Broadway Album. Columbia Records/CBS, Inc. (1985)
- If I Loved You" - John Raitt and Jan Clayton with the Carousel Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Littau. Recorded May 16, 1945 in New York City, Master # 72863-A, originally released on Decca single 29173A and Original Cast Album DA-400, July 19, 1945. Source notes from Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, 1935 - 1988. Four Compact Disc Set, Broadway Gold/MCA Classics, MCAD4-11353 (1996)
- Carousel (1994 Broadway Revival Cast), Angel Records (June 14, 1994)
- Carousel (1956 Film Soundtrack). Reissued on CD by Angel Records (March 13, 2001)