Johnny Guitar

October 25, 2007 at 8:56 am 4 comments

Johnny Guitar is an unusual “western” movie from 1954. Starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden and Mercedes McCambridge, it is very untypical of the genre. Although Sterling Hayden portrays the title character, — Johnny “Guitar” Logan – he is really an observer to the action. The film’s most important and strongest characters are women. The film was also highly regarded by critics for its allegorical qualities (some viewed it as an indictment of MyCarthyism) as well as its cinematography. Wikipedia has a good article about the film.

My interest in this movie is, of course, the theme song. Written by Victor Young and the incomparable Peggy Lee, it has a very haunting melody which is effectively woven throughout the film, as can be seen from the following clips from the film:

This clip is the dramatic end of the film:

Peggy Lee recorded the title song as well:

That the theme from Johnny Guitar became fairly popular with guitar bands is an interesting sidelight – both the Spotnicks and the Ventures recorded it. Here is a video of the Spotnicks version:

My version can be accessed here:

Johnny Guitar Stream Mp3 Notation

Entry filed under: Guitar, Music, Oldies, Vintage Instrumentals.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. r li  |  November 6, 2007 at 9:53 am

    There was another version of this popular theme song (“Johnny guitar”). It was recorded by a full orchestra in the 1960’s, as instrumental or easy listening. I’m trying to find out what was the name of the orchestra.
    Thank you

  • 2. r li  |  November 6, 2007 at 9:57 am

    there was another version of this theme song, “Johnny Guitar”, in the 1960’s, recorded by a full orchestra. What was the name of the orchestra?

  • 3. Linda  |  November 12, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    This is very cool-I really enjoyed all the clips as well as the music. Never saw or knew of this movie before…though the title rings a bell- perhaps from the theme recordings. I think I’ll rent it!

  • 4. omar  |  October 29, 2008 at 5:42 am

    hello ‘
    i know this peace of music it ‘s moslty like concerto of Johnny Guitar , it will be very nice if you found some information about this
    orchestra or big band . the same album has the pink panther played with same touch (style)
    Thank you.


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