This song was
written by the well known team Rodgers and Hammerstein for their production
Flower Drum Song. The musical comedy, which proved to
be their least successful, centres around the ways of immigrants from China growing up in America and made its debut in 1958.
though of as “camp” and not politically correct it describes a
woman who yearns to be given the affection of a man.
The song was
originally recorded by Pat Suzuki and the original Broadway cast and the
movie soundtrack had it sung by B.J. Baker when she dubbed for Nancy Kwan. The musical was later revised by the
playwright and librettist David Henry Hwang with the soundtrack being
issued on CD.
artists and orchestras have since covered the song including Alvin & The Chipmunks who had revised lyrics,
Doris Day, Frank DeVol & His Orchestra, Percy
Faith, Andre Kostelanetz, Peggy Lee, Phranc and 101 Strings. Parodies have been made by
Roseanne Barr and Sarah Jessica Parker.