Archive for March 25, 2016

In the Shadows #2: Kontiki

This song was recored by the British instrumental guitar band The Shadows and went to #1 on the UK singles charts in 1961.

“Kontiki” refers to a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl. The purpose was to show that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

March 25, 2016 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Slaughter on 10th Avenue

“Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” was a top-40 hit for the Ventures in 1964.

However, the music was originally a ballet with music by Richard Rodgers and choreography by George Balanchine. It occurs near the end of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 Broadway musical comedy “On Your Toes” and is the story of a hoofer who falls in love with a dance hall girl who is then shot and killed by her jealous boyfriend.

In “Words and Music”, the 1948 Technicolor film biography of Rodgers and Hart, the ballet was danced by Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen.

March 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment


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