Posts filed under ‘Movie Theme’

My Resistance is Low

“My Resistance is Low” is a 1951 song by American singer, songwriter and band leader Hoagy Carmichael. The song has proven to be extremely popular in the UK. In 1961, The Shadows included the song on their debut  1961 album.

The song is probably best known to American audiences for being in the closing sequence to the 1952 Jane Russell movie, The Las Vegas Story which was produced and directed by Howard Hughes.

My version is a cover of the Shadows arrangement.

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April 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Thunderbirds Theme

“Thunderbirds Theme” was one of four tracks on the Shadows 1966 EP (Extended Play) 45 “Thunderbirds Are Go”.

“Thunderbirds Are Go” was also the title of a 1966 British science-fiction adventure film based on Thunderbirds, a 1960s television series starring marionette puppets and featuring scale model effects in a filming process dubbed “Supermarionation”.

The movie includes cameo appearances from puppets of real-life celebrities Cliff Richard and The Shadows, who also contributed to the musical score.

My baritone guitar is featured prominently in my version, which  is pretty much a cover of the original.

April 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

Lady Penelope

“Lady Penelope” was one of four tracks on the Shadows 1966 EP (Extended Play) 45 “Thunderbirds Are Go”.

“Thunderbirds Are Go” was also the title of a 1966 British science-fiction adventure film based on Thunderbirds, a 1960s television series starring marionette puppets and featuring scale model effects in a filming process dubbed “Supermarionation”.

The movie includes cameo appearances from puppets of real-life celebrities Cliff Richard and The Shadows, who also contributed to the musical score. “Lady Penelope” was composed by Shadows members Bruce Welch, John Rostill and Brian Bennett.

My version is pretty much a cover of the original.

April 8, 2018 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

Theme from “Giant”

“Giant” was a 1956 American epic Western drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted from Edna Ferber’s 1952 novel. The film starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean and features Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Elsa Cardenas and Earl Holliman. Giant was the last of James Dean’s three films as a leading actor, and earned him his second and last Academy Award nomination – he was killed in a car accident before the film was released.

The film’s score was composed by Dimitri Tiomkin, whose film music career included twenty-two Academy Award nominations and four Oscars, three for Best Original Score for High NoonThe High and the Mighty, and The Old Man and the Sea, and one for Best Original Song for “The Ballad of High Noon”.

The Shadows released a version of the main theme from “Giant” on an EP (extended play) 45 in 1961. My version is a cover of theirs.

April 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Meet Mr. Callaghan

This is the theme from Meet Mr. Callaghan, a 1954 British crime film. A hit for Les Paul that same year, it also appears on the Ventures 1961 album, Another Smash!!!

My version is basically a cover of the Ventures arrangement.

March 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

The Moon of Manakoora

The Moon of Manakoora” was written by Frank Loesser (lyrics) and Alfred Newman (music) for the 1937 Paramount film The Hurricane starring Dorothy Lamour — who sang the song in the film and recorded it.

The song has been recorded by many artists, both vocally and as an instrumental. The Ventures concluded their 1961 album “The Ventures” with a version. My instrumental arrangement, while firmly in the 1960s guitar-rock style, is completely different from the Ventures version.

March 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Theme from M*A*S*H

The Theme from M*A*S*H (“Suicide Is Painless”) was written by Johnny Mandel (music) and Mike Altman (lyrics), which was the theme song for both the movie and TV series M*A*S*H. Mike Altman is the son of the original film’s director, Robert Altman, and was only 14 years old when he wrote the song’s lyrics.

Director Altman has said that while he only made $70,000 for having directed the movie, his son had earned more than $1 million for having co-written the song.

My instrumental arrangement is done in the style of the Shadows — who actually recorded and released their own version. Mine is not a cover.

March 19, 2018 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

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