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BALI HAI

 
SONG & HIT DETAILS
 
Artist Name: PERRY COMO
 
 
Song Author: Rodgers and Hammerstein
 
 
Year Recorded: 1949
 
SONG PROFILE
 
Bali Ha'i

"Bali Hai", is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.

In the musical, Bali Hai is a volcanic island within sight of the island on which most of the action takes place.

The troops think of Bali Hai as an exotic paradise, but it is off-limits except to officers. The matriarch of Bali Hai, Bloody Mary, does a lot of business with the troops.

She sings her mysterious song Bali Hai.

In 1949, Perry Como recorded the song as a single.

Bali Ha'i was based on the real island of Ambae (formerly Aoba Island). Ambae is located in Vanuatu (known as New Hebrides at the time the song was written).