Shadow Rider

“Shadow Rider” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is like the style of the Shadows.

July 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Smooth Shadow

“Smooth Shadow” is an original instrumental that combines two of the styles in which I work. The harmonic and rhythmic setting is like a smooth jazz or 80’s ballad, while the melody is a bit more simple…in a sixties guitar style similar to Hank Marvin of the Shadows.

 

July 19, 2017 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

Town Without Pity

“Town Without Pity” is the title song from the 1961 film of the same name. Written by composer Dimitri Tiomkin and lyricist Ned Washington, the track was originally recorded by Gene Pitney. In 1962, the song received a Golden Globe award for “Best Motion Picture Song,” and was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Music, Original Song”. It was also Pitney’s first Top 40 hit.

My instrumental arrangement is in the style of a 1960’s guitar group like the Shadows or Ventures.

 

 

July 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Twangin’ Twice

“Twangin’ Twice” is an original instrumental in the late-50’s early 60’s style of guitar twangmaster Duane Eddy — who together with producer Lee Hazlewood — put together a string of 27 Hot-100 hits between 1958 and 1964.

It features “dueling guitars” in a call & response setting.

July 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

It’s All in the Game

It’s All in the Game” was a 1958 1958 number one hit for Tommy Edwards, staying at the top of the charts for 6 weeks. Carl Sigman wrote the lyrics in 1951 to a wordless 1911 composition titled “Melody in A Major,” written by Charles G. Dawes, who went on to be Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge.

Recognized as a “standard” today, it has been recorded my many artists — charting for many of them — including Dinah Shore, Sammy Kaye, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Cliff Richard, Bing Crosby, Merle Haggard and the Four Tops.

My instrumental arrangement is in late 50’s early 60’s style.

July 17, 2017 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

Shadow Man

“Shadow Man” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is like the style of the Shadows.

July 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

Nut Rocker

Nut Rocker” was an instrumental rock single recorded by  B. Bumble and the Stingers that reached number 23 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in March 1962.  It is based on of Tchaikovsky’s “March of the Toy Soldiers”, from his ballet The Nutcracker.

The first version released was by pianist H. B. Barnum, released by “Jack B. Nimble and the Quicks” on the small Del Rio label.

It was also performed live and recorded by prog-rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer, whose single was also released in 1972. In 2009, Trans-Siberian Orchestra released a version of “Nut Rocker”, featuring Greg Lake, on their album Night Castle.

Both the Ventures and the Shadows also recorded versions.

My arrangement is based on the original 1962 versions.

 

July 15, 2017 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

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