Abbe Lane sings “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

Abbe Lane

Abbe Lane was an actress, singer, and later author. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to television. Many people may not know her name.

Abbe Lane

In this clip, Abbe Lane sings “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” live on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The song was from the famous broadway musical South Pacific.

Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the song “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” to express the excitement of the character Nellie. She has fallen in love with Emile, a man she met on a Polynesian island, where she’s stationed as a Navy nurse.

Abbe Lane

Abbe Lane sings the song with the same excitement. She wears a lovely black dress with a sheer cape, trimmed with fur along the edges. Lane was known for dressing in a sultry manner.

During her time, Lane was often considered too attractive for performances. She’d frequently be asked to change outfits to appear on television.

Abbe Lane

Lane sings the refrain: “I’m as trite and as gay as a daisy in May, / A cliché comin’ true! / I’m bromidic and bright / As a moon-happy night / Pourin’ light on the dew!” The song is all about acknowledging that being in love can sound like a cliche experience, but it’s real.

Lane gives the audience a big smile and a little bow at the end of her performance. Her song reminds listeners that being in love is wonderful, especially with someone wonderful.

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