Posts filed under ‘Movie Theme’

Manhã de Carnaval

This is my sixties-style instrumental arrangement of “Manhã de Carnaval” (“Carnival Morning”) by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfá and lyricist Antônio Maria.

“Manhã de Carnaval” appeared as a principal theme in the 1959 Portuguese-language film, “Black Orpheus”. It was one of the first Bossa Nova compositions to gain popularity outside Brazil. Particularly in the United States, the song has become a jazz standard and is considered to be one of the most important Brazilian Jazz/Bossa songs that helped establish the Bossa Nova movement in the late 1950s.

January 19, 2020 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Blue Hawaii

This is my instrumental cover the the song “Blue Hawaii”. It written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger for the 1937 Paramount Pictures film Waikiki Wedding, which starred Bing Crosby and Shirley Ross.

It is probably best known as the title song of the 1961 Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii.

I was surprised to find no contemporary guitar group recordings.

 

August 30, 2019 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

Somewhere

This is my instrumental cover of “Somewhere”, a song from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story that was made into a film in 1961. The music was composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

My arrangement is based on the Shadows 1967 version, which was released as the “B-side” to the single “Tomorrow’s Cancelled”.

August 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

My Own True Love (Tara’s Theme)

“My Own True Love (Tara’s Theme)” was composed by Max Steiner for the movie “Gone with the Wind”. With lyrics by Mack David, the song has been successfully recorded by many artists. It was a top twenty hit for the Duprees in 1962.

The Ventures included an arrangement on their first album “Walk Don’t Run” in 1960. My version was inspired by theirs.

August 26, 2018 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

South of the Border

“South of the Border” was written by Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr in 1939 for the film of the same name starring country star Gene Autry. The list of artists who have recorded it is very long.

The Shadows included an instrumental version on their 1962 album “Out of the Shadows”. This is the basis for my arrangement.

August 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

Maroc 7

Maroc 7 was a 1967 British thriller film starring Gene Barry, Elsa Martinelli, Leslie Phillips, Denholm Elliott and Cyd Charisse. The screenplay concerns an international jewel thief who hatches a plan to go to Morocco and steal a valuable artifact.

The music for the film was  composed by Paul Ferris, produced by Norrie Paramor and performed by the Shadows. The single of the main theme (with Bombay Duck as the “B-side”) reached #24 on the UK singles chart.

My arrangement is based on the original Shadows recording, but without the orchestral backing. I tried to imagine a setting that might have been performed by just the four members live.

July 20, 2018 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

Damaged Goods

“Damaged Goods” was the “B-Side” to the Ventures 1963 single “Ninth Wave”. It was never released on an album. It has a rather interesting story (I love interesting stories):

According to the book “Walk Don’t Run: the Story of the Ventures”, the Ventures were commissioned to provide the score for a movie entitled “Damaged Goods”. The group believed it was to be a remake of a 1954 action film, “Forbidden Cargo”,  about smuggling on the high seas. They renamed and re-recorded a previously unreleased track to be the title theme. Song writing credit was given to Bob Bogle’s wife Carol Bedford.

However, when the film was released, it turned out to be a remake of a 1937 film titled “Forbidden Desire” which was about a popular high-school athlete who contracts venereal disease from a prostitute.  Oopsie.

Needless to say the group was none too pleased about this and thus never promoted the track, which is actually pretty good.

My arrangement is based on the original.

July 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

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