Today's celebrant falls into a sadly unfashionable category: the full-throated singing leading man.
Robert Goulet gets a lot of flack, some of it admittedly justified, for being so thoroughly what he brought to his career - a rich, deep, booming, unsubtle voice - and what he made of it, which was something like the Last Standing Operetta Lounge Act. He had the misfortune, like a number of his contemporaries, to get a toehold on the national imagination just before four heedless British boys touched down at JFK and the whole world (of showbiz, at least) changed.
Before that, though, he got the golden break that sustained his career for the next four decades. Remarkably, his stint as Lancelot in Camelot, singing "If Ever I Would Leave You," was in some ways his only truly grade-A moment (although his late '60s telefilm editions of musicals like Brigadoon and Carousel are too little seen to really tell*), and the rest a long, slow coast on the golden memories of what increasingly seemed a distant, vanished past.
Here, in this moment from, of all things, The Jack Benny Program, it's eternally the summer of 1963, and Goulet spends a thoughtful moment on a surprisingly lavish Manhattan-terrace set, singing a song miles away from the soaring bombast that was his usual stock in grade. I mostly associate "This is All I Ask" to an infinitely different singer, dear Miss Mabel Mercer, but Goulet aquits himself quite well. For a moment, the long years of casinos and guest shots and, I'd wager more than once, the sad entertainment career phase of "Get me a young Robert Goulet" and the inevitable "Who's Robert Goulet?" are all unimaginably far off. He's young, handsome in the slightly too-much way that then was expected of an up-and-coming Broadway star, and absolutely unaware that the kind of shows and movies he was born for are about to disappear, more or less forever. Never mind; he carried on, a trouper 'til the end, ready to sing again his big number and do his best to seem in on the joke. The voice stayed real.
* His very creditable "If I Loved You" in the latter, available here, suggests they may well be worth digging up.