It was in the logic of things that Richard Chamberlain would sing.
In the early 60s, he attended with assiduity singing lessons by
Mrs. Caroline Trojanowsky at the Los Angeles
Conservatory of Music to work on his voice and be fully
prepared to perform in a film, a play or a musical.
In 1962 in his first venture into singing, Richard Chamberlain made a record, a single,
with a song that was the theme of Dr. Kildare, "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight"
(Jerry Goldsmith, Pete Rugolo), that was soon to be followed by an album called
"Richard Chamberlain Sings" (1962). Both records were a huge success.
Richard Chamberlain sang in three Dr. Kildare episodes, "Love is a Sad Song"
(1993), "Rome Will Never Leave You" (1964) and "Music Hath Charms" (1965).
During the "Dr. Kildare" days, he filmed "Joy in the Morning"
and sang the title tune. His second album was precisely
called "Joy in the Morning" (1964). Other singles followed.
After "Dr. Kildare" ended, Richard Chamberlain enthusiastically embarked
on the musical "Breakfast at Tiffany's", but the ill-fated production with tryouts
in Philadelphia and Boston, and only three previews in Broadway, was canceled
by the producer. In 1967, Richard Chamberlain played the role of Toni in a
summer stock production of the musical "Westside Story" with performances
in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Long Island.
As far as films and movies are concerned, Richard Chamberlain was cast in 1976
in a musical film, "The Slipper and The Rose", in which he sang solo and in duo
with Gemma Craven. His next singing project on the screen materialized much later;
in 2000, he sang two songs in an episode of the series "Touched by an Angel"
("The Face on the Barroom Floor"), "Just in Time" and "The Queens Navy".
It has to be noted though that Richard Chamberlain's singing has been mainly
performed on stage; in the winter of 1972/73 he was "El Gallo" in "The Fantasticks"
and in 1978 and 1980, in New York and in Los Angeles respectively,
he played Wild Bill Hickok in "Fathers and Sons" that featured songs in
the Brecht-Weill tradition. Years later he was the lead in five major musicals:
"My Fair Lady" (1993-1996), "The Sound of Music"
(1998-2000), "Scrooge" (2004-2005), "The King and I" (2006)
and "Monty Python's Spamalot" (2009).
Richard Chamberlain sang on several television shows and award ceremonies.
Recorded versions of some of them are available and can be watched
on the corresponding pages of this Webbiography: "Arthur Freed’s Hollywood Melody,
A Salute to Hollywood Musicals" (1962), "The Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall" (1965),
"The Andy Williams Show" (1965), "The Red Skelton Comedy Hour" (1967), "Musical Comedy Tonight" (1979), "The 35th Annual Tony Awards" (1981), "Christmas Concert" Finnish Television (1992), "The Peter Alexander Show" (Vienna, 1994) and "Capitol Fourth" (2002).
Other singing appearances are not available such as
"The Carol Burnett Show" (1967).
This list does not pretend to be exhaustive.
In 1989, a CD was released with the original cast recording of the musical"Carnival".
It also featured the hitherto unreleased Richard Chamberlain's
"Love Makes the World Go Round" recorded for his audition
for MGM Records in 1962.
The CD "Ben Bagley's Irving Berlin Revisited" (1990) featured four songs interpreted by
Richard Chamberlain, "Lonely Heart", "Only Fools Fall in Love", "How's Chances"
and "I'm Getting Tired So I can Sleep".
In 2001, a CD with "The Slipper and The Rose" film score was released, including
the five tunes sung by Richard Chamberlain in the film.
This slideshow features Dr. Kildare’s musical
theme sang by Richard Chamberlain and photos taken during a filmed recording of the song to promote the series. A rare document!
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Hi-Lili, Hi-lo All I Have To Do Is Dream I Will Love You
Three Stars Will Shine Tonight True Love Love Me Tender
All I Do Is Dream of You A Quiet Kind of Love It's A Lonesome Old Town
I Hadn't Anyone Till You I'll Be Around
They Long To Be Close To You Blue Guitar
Joy In The Morning Georgia Rome Will Never Leave You
A Fellow Needs A Girl Dear Heart Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte
I Can Dream Can't I Stella By Starlight Try To Remember
April Love You Always Hurt The One You Love
In this record from Germany (1994),
Richard Chamberlain sang several love songs,
such as "True Love" and "Love Me Tender".
The record also featured various
Richard Chamberlain's best film
and television melodies.
The Slipper and The Rose
In 2001, the film's score was released on a CD, featuring
Richard Chamberlain in the following tunes: