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The Ballad of Paladin

This was the song used over the closing credits for the 1958-63 TV western “Have Gun – Will Travel”.  As played by actor Richard Boone, Paladin was the main character. Duane Eddy released an instrumental version that was a top-40 hit in 1962.

June 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

Rear View Mirror #3: Raunchy

“Raunchy” was a 1957 instrumental track by composer/arranger Bill Justis that peaked at #2 on the US charts. It went on to become a staple number for instrumental guitar bands like the Ventures and Duane Eddy. It is also famous as the song George Harrison used to audition for the Beatles. Later in his career, Bill Justis composed film scores — including “Smoky and the Bandit”.

June 7, 2016 at 6:09 am 1 comment


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