For the American singer Ilene Woods, it was a job of no particular consequence: to record, as a favour to friends, a few demo tapes of songs they were writing for a Walt Disney cartoon film. But the session would lead to her voice being forever associated with one of Disney's enduring heroines, Cinderella.
In 1948, Mack David and Jerry Livingstone asked Woods to record the songs they were writing for a planned animated feature based on the fairytale Cinderella. Woods recorded the Fairy Godmother's magic song, Bibbidi-bobbiddi-boo and Cinderella's songs, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes and So This Is Love.
Disney had been auditioning actors to voice his new screen heroine and had rejected between 300 and 400 applicants. When he heard Woods's tapes, he declared Cinderella to have been found and offered her the role. Woods, who