The recording in question can be heard at archive.org:
The singer, Eric Mattson, is best remembered for having created the role of
Enoch Snow in the original production of *Carousel*, in 1945. He was one
of many singers who toured with Romberg's orchestra as a vocalist, after
the Second World War.
All of the RCA *Gems From Romberg Shows *series (there were five volumes,
all conducted by the composer) have been reissued on two Naxos compact
discs, the first of which includes *Softly as in a Morning Sunrise*).
The orchestral version that you recall may be from a set of Sonora 78s,
arranged and conducted by Robert Russell Bennett, titled *Broadway Hits of
Yesterday* (Sonora MS-475). When Eli Oberstein acquired the Sonora masters
after the company went bankrupt, it was reissued, along with a companion
set, *Broadway Hits of Today* (Sonora MS-468) on a 12" Royale LP (1241),
credited to the Royale Concert Orchestra.
The full Royale issue, including the Romberg arrangement, can be heard on
On Sun, Oct 4, 2020 at 11:34 AM Benjamin Roth-Aroni <[log in to unmask]>
> Thanks, Mickey.
> I’ll look at the list. Maybe there’s something else I’d like to have.
> Regards, Ben
> On Sunday, October 4, 2020, Mickey Clark <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Ben-The list a the following URL is records for sale , but there are a
> > number or Royale records, with serial numbers, but a search for "Romberg"
> > Yielded nothing. However search for this one Royale1843 and it seems that
> > they had a themed VictorHerbertWaltzes album, so I think it's likely
> > that they did a Romberg one too. -Mickey
> > http://www.jukn55.com/10-inch-lps.html
> > -----Original Message----- From: Benjamin Roth-Aroni
> > Sent: Saturday, October 03, 2020 9:08 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Does anyone have this record?
> > Hi Mickey,
> > Sorry to hear about the fire. I cannot imagine how horrible that would
> > Many years ago before I paid any attention to orchestras and labels, I
> > an orchestral recording of "Softly...."
> > I can hear parts of it in my head, but can't remember who played it. I
> > wish I could.
> > Sometimes I think it was a 33-1/3 10-inch Royale record and Romberg was
> > conducting, but I can find no such record anywhere.
> > Is there a catalogue of 10-inch Royale vinyls somewhere?
> > Regards,
> > Ben
> > On Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 7:34 PM Mickey Clark <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Ben-I have or have had all these - The Romberg destroyed in the fire at
> >> shop. The others I still have.-Mickey
> >> VIC 10-1209 SOFTLY AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE SIGMUND ROMBERG AND
> >> HIS
> >> ORCHESTRA ERIC MATTSON ROMBERG-HAMMERSTEIN 0
> >> VIC 21775 SOFTLY AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE NAT SHILKRET
> >> BAUR HAMMERSTEIN II,ROMBERG 10/18/28 47767
> >> BB 10054 SOFTLY AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE ARTIE SHAW
> >> HAMMERSTEIN-ROMBERG 11/17/38 1028977
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Benjamin Roth-Aroni
> >> Sent: Saturday, October 03, 2020 2:15 PM
> >> To: [log in to unmask]
> >> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Does anyone have this record?
> >> [image: Softly as in a morning sunrise.jpg]