September 5, 2013

Watch 3 renditions of "Ol' Man River"

The first version we feature is from the 1936 film version of Showboat starring the singer for whom the song was written, Paul Robeson.

The second version is Frank Sinatra's televized version of the song that is referenced in our full podcast. Notice the change in the lyrics to avoid the subject of race.

Judy Garland also avoids the racial language in her emotion-filled take on the song.