Wunderbar

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composition date
1948
genre
Show
songwriter(s)
Cole Porter

Less serious than they thought

Kiss Me, Kate’s  “Wunderbar” was conceived as a spoof on nostalgic German drinking songs. In spite of the composer’s intentions and the ridiculous lyric, the song became a success. Henry Sullivan and Harry Ruskin’s “I May Be Wrong, But I Think You’re Wonderful” was another purposely over-the-top song that was taken seriously, as was “Sonny Boy” by De Sylva, Brown, and Henderson.

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