Music Monday: Pretty Irish Girl (Darby O' Gill and the Little People)
I thought it would be fun to find a song related to St. Patrick's Day. I remembered that Disney had produced "Darby O'Gill and The Little People" (1959). One of the most notable things about this movie is that Sean Connery played the role of Michael McBride. This appearance caught the attention of the James Bond movie producers which would eventually lead them to cast Connery as Agent 007.
There is a song in the movie called "Pretty Irish Girl." Written by Lawrence E. Watkin and Oliver Wallace, the song is a short and simple love song sung by a young man yearning for his Irish sweetheart.
In 1959, there was a UK release of the single featuring Connery and co-star, Janet Munro. However, it has been alleged that this recording has dubbed vocals by Irish singers Brendan O'Dowda and Ruby Murray. Back then, I don't think it was uncommon that an actor's voice was dubbed over with a singing actor's voice. Recent Disney animated movies like Mulan and Aladdin had voice actors and cast additional actors to be the "singing voice" of one character.
There was a record release of just Connery signing "Pretty Irish Girl" in a compilation entitled The Music of Disney: A Legacy of Song (1992).