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re: My Fair Lady -- Question about Rex Harrison's Vocals
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 11:24 pm EDT 04/03/21
In reply to: My Fair Lady -- Question about Rex Harrison's Vocals - BroadwayTonyJ 07:47 pm EDT 04/03/21

Harrison's live vocals were recorded through a tiny microphone on his tie that was made to look like a tie clip -- at least, in those scenes where he's wearing a tie. This has been written about in several articles and books, and it's covered in one of the documentaries about the making and/or the restoration of the movie -- they even zoom in on the mic/tie clip at one point, to illustrate. Presumably the mic was located elsewhere but also disguised in other scenes in which Harrison is not wearing a tie.

I'm not sure why you think the same method could have been used for his vocals in the ensemble number, but actually, I'm pretty sure that Harrison did SOME looping after the fact for some numbers, so not ALL of the vocals are live (though most of them are).
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