Posts filed under ‘Movie Theme’

The Boys

The Boys was a 1962 British courtroom drama film, directed by Sidney J. Furie and with a screenplay by Stuart Douglass, starring Robert Morley.

In the film, a night watchman at a garage is found murdered, and four “teddy boys” are put on trial for the crime. Witnesses and suspects give differing accounts of the lead-up to the crime, and the truth eventually emerges.

The Shadows recorded the soundtrack for the film. In the UK, four tracks were released on an EP in 1962 and was number one for three weeks there. In Australia, “The Boys” was paired with “The Girls” (also from the film) as a single and topped the charts there.

My arrangement largely follows the Shadows original.


September 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Tell Me What You See

Tell Me What You See” first appeared in 1965 on their album Help! in the United Kingdom and on Beatles VI in the United States. As with all Beatles compositions by either of the two, the song is credited to Lennon–McCartney.  However, the consensus is that it is entirely Paul McCartney’s work.

My instrumental arrangement preserves much of the feel of the original while adding some additional rhythmic variety.

September 11, 2017 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Another Girl

Another Girl” was released in 1965 on the album Help! and included in the film. The song was written by Paul McCartney but credited to Lennon–McCartney.

The original version is a rock-country-swing common in Beatles material. My instrumental arrangement is relentless guitar/surf rock.

September 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

Stella by Starlight

Stella by Starlight” was composed as an instrumental by Victor Young, drawing from thematic material composed for the main title and soundtrack of the 1944 Paramount Pictures film, The Uninvited. It appeared in the film’s underscore as well as in source music as an instrumental theme song without lyrics. Lyricist Ned Washington wrote the lyrics for it in 1946.

“Stella by Starlight” is one of the most popular standards of all time, recorded by countless vocalists and jazz players. My instrumental arrangement is in the style of a guitar rock-band ballad/slow dance.

September 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

I Need You

I Need You” was written by George Harrison and appears in both the film and on the album Help!.  The Beatles’ version features Harrison’s first recorded use of a volume pedal, creating the distinctive swells which I reproduce in my instrumental arrangement.

August 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

I’m Happy Just to Dance with You

I’m Happy Just to Dance with You” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by the Beatles for the film soundtrack to A Hard Day’s Night.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the original.

August 25, 2017 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

I Should Have Known Better

I Should Have Known Better” was composed by John Lennon  (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and originally issued on A Hard Day’s Night, their soundtrack for the film of the same name released July 10, 1964. I Should Have Known Better was also issued as the B-side of the U.S. single A Hard Day’s Night released July 13, 1964.

My instrumental version is a bit faster than the original and is also surf-ier. It does preserve the prominent 12-string guitar part.

August 25, 2017 at 6:58 am Leave a comment

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