John Goodman

Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn [1985 Original Broadway Cast]

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Although Roger Miller is best known for his 1960s country-pop hits (most notably "King of the Road" and "Dang Me"), the Texas-born singer/songwriter received acclaim--and a Tony Award--late in his life for his work on the 1985 Broadway musical BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. From its orchestral, bluegrass-tinged opening "Overture" to its celebratory closing, "Muddy Water (Reprise)," the production deftly fuses Mark Twain's timeless story with Miller's effortlessly charming, easy-going sensibility, as best revealed on the gentle, yearning "Waitin' for the Light to Shine" (performed by Cat Stevens sound-alike Daniel H. Jenkins as Huck) and the thoughtful duet "River in the Rain" (which also features Ron Richardson as Jim). Sadly, Miller died in '92, while only in his mid-50s, leaving BIG RIVER as his last major achievement. Though Miller doesn't sing on the album, it marks a latter-day high point in his relatively short but impressive career, and is recommended listening for his devoted fans.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:51 Amazon
2 2:57 Amazon
feat: John Short
1:57 Amazon
4 1:32 Amazon
5 2:04 Amazon
feat: John Short
1:11 Amazon
7 1:58 Amazon
8 2:34
9 2:03 Amazon
10 3:35 Amazon
11 2:31 Amazon
12 1:24 Amazon
13 2:10 Amazon
14 2:58 Amazon
15 4:04 Amazon
16 2:23 Amazon
17 2:34 Amazon
18 2:02 Amazon
19 2:47 Amazon
20 1:12 Amazon
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