Not to be outdone by the sops and the altos, the tenors and basses have their own spots in the All About Mary Concerts.
Remember Paint your Wagon?
Remember the show-stopper - They call the wind Maria?
Harve Presnell's version of the song in the 1929 movie upstaged the performances of Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood.
Everyone who is anyone has recorded it - from Jim Nabors to Bryn Terfel.
Mariah Carey was named for this song.
But read this!......
"In George Rippey Stewart's 1941 novel Storm, he gives the storm which is the protagonist of his story the name "Maria".
The success of Stewart's novel was one factor that motivated U.S. military meteorologists to start the informal practice of giving women's names to storms in the Pacific during World War II. The practice became official in 1945. In 1953, a similar system of using women's names was adopted for North Atlantic storms. This continued until 1979, when men's names were incorporated into the system.
Although Stewart's novel is set in 1935, the novel and its impact on meteorology later inspired Lerner and Lowe to write a song for their play about the California gold rush, and like Stewart, they too gave a wind storm the name Maria, which is pronounced /məˈraɪ.ə/. The lines throughout the song end infeminine rhymes mostly using the "long i" sound /aɪ/, echoing the stress pattern and vowel sound of the name Maria."