Johnny Mathis recorded this album in the late 1950s. Many
jewish people bought it because Johnny sang 3 fabulous jewish
songs in it: Kol Nidre , Eli Eli, and Where Can I go?.
It must have taken Johnny long hours to learn these jewish songs
which he sang beautifully. His voice was at his best.
Kol Nidre is a prayer sung at the day of atonement (Yom Kippur)
the holiest day of the jewish year/ It is sung in hebrew.
Eli Eli, is sung in Yiddish, asking G-D why he has forsaken us.
It acquired a deeper significance after the holocaust.
The other song WHERE CAN I GO, is about the jewish people
wondering from country to country, searching for a place to
go because they did not have a homeland. It was a song that
surfaced during the holocaust. After the establishment of Israel
the jewish state, additional lyrics were added that now we have
a homeland where we can go. This song is bilingual, sung in
English and Yiddish. In the 1960s Steve Lawrence also recorded
it and it became well known.
This album had such influence that even Barbra Streisand remembered buying it when she was a teenager. Barbra STREISAND
later recorded an album titled HIGHER GROUND, where she included
some songs from Good Night, Dear Lord, such as that wonderful
song ONE GOD and DEEP RIVER.
Thank you, Johnny Mathis, for recording such a fabulous LP .