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Speech used as song. During the 1960s and 1970s in particular, this technique was often used in film musicals to allow popular actors to star in them despite a total or near-total lack of singing ability, before home video became widely available in the 1980s, allowing viewers to watch movies at home directly. After that, film soundtrack albums would concentrate on the music, either the score or vocal songs used in the film. It is also used in theatre when production schedules simply do not allow time for proper rehearsal of choral numbers.

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Alternative Title(s): Plainsong

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