The first stage role I ever played was in “Oliver!” when I was twelve. As such, the songs from that production are burned into my mind like a permanent brand.
So, there’s this jazz standard that I always thought sounded like “Food, Glorious Food” from that musical. You’ve probably heard it. It’s “On Green Dolphin Street,” composed more than a decade before “Oliver!” premiered in London.
If you ask me, Bronislaw Kaper would have had a much better plagiarism case against Lionel Bart than Marvin Gaye’s family has against Robin Thicke.
Listen and see what you think.