Posts filed under ‘Movie Theme’

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

The Last Ride

“The Last Ride” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more complex musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the 60’s style of the Ventures — and of the theme song of a Western movie or TV show. My baritone guitar is featured here.

June 20, 2018 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

The Green Leaves of Summer

“The Green Leaves of Summer” was composed by Dimitri Tiomkin with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song was written for the 1960 film The AlamoIt was performed in the film’s score by the vocal group The Brothers Four. In 1961 the song was nominated for an Academy Award.

The Ventures included an instrumental version of the song on their 1961 album “Colorful Ventures” — each track of which had a color in the title. While my instrumental arrangement was inspired by theirs, it is not a cover — and actually the arrangement is arguably more in the manner of Hank Marvin and the Shadows than the Ventures.


June 6, 2018 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

When I Fall in Love

When I Fall in Love” was written by Victor Young (music) and Edward Heyman (lyrics). It was first introduced in the 1952 film One Minute to Zero.  The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it, though the first hit version was sung by Doris Day released in July 1952.

My instrumental arrangement is in the style of a 60’s guitar rock group like the Shadows or Ventures.

May 20, 2018 at 11:20 am Leave a comment


Goldfinger is the seventh novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, first published in 1959. The 1964 movie was the third of the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent.

The title song was composed by John Barry and with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. It was performed by Shirley Bassey for the film’s opening and closing title sequences, as well as the soundtrack album release. The single release of the song gave Bassey her only Billboard Hot 100 top forty hit, peaking in the Top 10 at No. 8 .

The song has been recorded instrumentally by the Ventures, Hank Marvin (of the Shadows) and the Blue Stingrays (actually members of Tom Petty’s backup band, the Heartbreakers).

My instrumental arrangement is not a cover of any of these, but tracks the original in a surf-rock style.

May 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Shooting Star

“Shooting Star” 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”. “Zero X” was one of the spacecraft in the movie.

“Shooting Star” is the musical number performed by the marionettes of Cliff Richard and The Shadows in the movie. Originally a vocal, I have arranged it as an instrumental.

May 6, 2018 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

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