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Alfie

This is my instrumental cover of “Alfie”, which was composed by Bert Bacharach with lyrics by Had David. It was written to promote the 1966 film,”Alfie” which starred Michael Caine as a Cockney womanizer. It is not part of the original soundtrack, playing only during the final credits.

It was first recorded and released by Cilla Black in January 1966, four months prior to the opening of the film. The single was intended as a specialty item to foster interest in the upcoming film rather than a mainstream hit. However the track accrued enough interest to enter the UK Top 50 in April 1966, reaching #9 that May.

Cher was recruited to record a version for the US market and her version reached #32 on the US charts, also in 1966.

“Alfie” would not become a Top 15 hit in the US until the spring and summer of 1967 when Dionne Warwick, the most prolific interpreter of Bacharach/David compositions, recorded the song. Warwick’s version peaked to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. She reportedly needed only one take.

Hank Marvin recorded an instrumental cover in 2017 for his album “Without a Word”.

 

September 7, 2020 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

All My Tomorrows

This is my instrumental cover of “All My Tomorrows“, a 1959 ballad with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy van Heusen. The song was written for Frank Sinatra. It was introduced in the film “A Hole in the Head ” where Sinatra sings it in the opening credits.

August 24, 2020 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

Theme from “High Noon”

This is my instrumental cover of the theme from “High Noon” – “Do Not Forsake Me”.

It was published in 1952, with music by Dimitri Tiomkin and lyrics by Ned Washington.

It is the theme song of the classic western movie “High Noon” (and titled onscreen as such in the film’s opening credits as sung by Tex Ritter), with its tune repeated throughout the film. It was awarded the 1952 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

A group called the “Venturas” (which featured Bobby Fuller) released a version as a “b-side” called “High Noon Rumble” in 1961. The Shadows recorded a version on their 1982 album “Life in the Jungle”.

I play the lead part on my Baritone guitar.

 

August 18, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Laura

This is my instrumental cover of the classic theme from the classic 1944 film “Laura”.

Laura is a 1944 American “film noir” produced and directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. The American Film Institute named it one of the 10 best mystery films of all time.

The theme was composed by David Raskin. Inspired by a “Dear John” letter he received from his wife, Raskin composed the haunting theme, also entitled “Laura”, for which Johnny Mercer later wrote lyrics. It eventually became a jazz standard recorded by more than 400 artists.

August 10, 2020 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

My Heart Will Go On

This is my instrumental cover of “My Heart Will Go On”. It was originally recorded by Canadian singer Celine Dion. It serves as the main theme song to James Cameron’s blockbuster film Titanic. The song’s music was composed by James Horner. With worldwide sales estimated at 18 million copies, it is one of the best-selling singles of all time and reportedly the second-best-selling single by a female artist in history. I cannot find which is the top.

Hank Marvin included a cover of this tune on his 2000 album “Marvin at the Movies”.

 

 

July 24, 2020 at 7:17 am Leave a comment

Moon River

This is my instrumental cover of “Moon River”, the very well known song from the 1961 film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” which was directed by Blake Edwards and starred Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney.

Composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and also won the 1962 Grammy for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It became the theme song for crooner Andy Williams, who first recorded it in 1962 and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremony that year. 

My arrangement is intended to be in the style of the Shadows. Hank Marvin did release a version of the song, but not until 2017.

 

June 29, 2020 at 7:47 am Leave a comment

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina

This is my instrumental cover of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”, based on the Shadows’ classic 1978 arrangement which charted and #5 on the UK charts. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, it was first recorded by Julie Covington for the 1976 concept album Evita, and later included in the 1978 musical of the same name.

 

June 5, 2020 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

A Fistful of Dollars

This is my cover of the main theme from “A Fistful of Dollars”. Composed by Ennio Morricone, it was part of his score for the 1964 Sergio Leone “spaghetti western”, which gave Clint Eastwood his first starring movie role.

In spite of the prominence of guitars in the original version, I could find no versions by any contemporaneous instrumental rock groups.

 

June 3, 2020 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

The Ecstasy of Gold

This is my cover of “The Ecstasy of Gold”. Composed by Ennio Morricone, it was part of his score for the 1966 Sergio Leone film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The music is played near the end of the film while the character Tuco (played by Eli Wallach) is frantically searching a cemetery for the grave that holds $200,000 in gold coins. It is one of the most well known of Morricone’s themes.

I could find no versions by any contemporaneous instrumental rock groups. However, Metallica regularly used “The Ecstasy of Gold” as the introductory music for its concerts.

May 23, 2020 at 7:30 am Leave a comment

The Bat

This is my cover of “The Bat”, which was the opening track n the Ventures 1964 album, “Ventures in Space”.  It was composed by Lou Forbes  as the title theme for the 1959 film “The Bat”, which starred Vincent Price.

May 14, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Cavatina

This is my cover of “Cavatina”. It is well known as a theme from the film “The Deer Hunter“. It had originally been written for piano, but at guitarist John Williams’ suggestion, Myers re-wrote it for guitar and expanded it. After this transformation, it was first used for the film The Walking Stick (1970).

After the release of The Deer Hunter in 1978, Williams’ instrumental version became a UK Top 20 hit. An instrumental recording by The Shadows, was released on their album String of Hits with the name “Theme from The Deer Hunter” and reached the top 10 in the UK singles charts

My version is based on the Shadows approach.

May 4, 2020 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

Theme from “The Proud Ones”

This is my cover of the theme from “The Proud Ones”, which was a 1956 Western film starring Robert Ryan, Virginia Mayo and Jeffrey Hunter. The theme was composed by Lionel Newman. A recording by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra was a top-40 hit in the summer of 1956.

Like many western movie themes, it fits into an instrumental guitar format quite naturally. However, I could find no instrumental guitar group recordings at all.

April 25, 2020 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

Love Story

This is my instrumental cover of the theme from the 1970 film, “Love Story”, which was written and directed by Arthur Hiller. The theme was composed by Francis Lai, who also composed the well-known theme from the 1966 French movie, “A Man and a Woman”.

April 18, 2020 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

A Man and a Woman

This is my instrumental cover of the theme from the 1966 French film, “A Man and a Woman”, which was written and directed by Claude Lelouch. The theme was composed by Francis Lai, who also composed the them from the 1970 movie, “Love Story”.

April 3, 2020 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

From Russia with Love

This is my cover of the theme from the 1963 film “From Russia With Love”, which was the second in the James Bond series. The song was composed by Lionel Bart, who also wrote the musical “Oliver!”. In the film, the title song was sung by Matt Monro.

This tune has proven a popular instrumental guitar rock track, including versions by the Ventures and Hank Marvin.

March 31, 2020 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

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