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Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet

This is my cover of the “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet”, also known as “What is a Youth”. It is from the soundtrack for the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet and was composed by Nino Rota.

March 7, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Godfather Medley

This is my instrumental arrangement/medley of two of the most famous themes from “The Godfather” which was released in 1972, “The Godfather Waltz” and “Speak Softly Love”.

Both were composed by Italian composer Nino Rota, who is best known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti. He also composed the music for two of Franco Zeffirelli’s Shakespeare films, and for the first two films of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II  in 1974.

February 29, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Tammy

This is my instrumental cover of “Tammy“, which was written by composer Jay Livingston with lyrics by Ray Evans. It was published in 1957 and made its debut in the film Tammy and the Bachelor. It was nominated for the 1957 Oscar for Best Original Song. “Tammy” is heard in the film in two versions. The one that became a number one hit single for Debbie Reynolds in 1957 is heard midway through the film. The version that used for the film’s main titles was a hit for the Ames Brothers.

In 1961, Duane Eddy used the song as the “B-side” for his single “Drivin’ Home”. The Ventures also recorded a version which can be found on the collection, “In the Vaults Vol. 2”.

February 8, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

One Hand One Heart

This is my instrumental version of “One Hand One Heart”. Music is by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It is from the musical West Side Story, which debuted in 1957.

I was a bit surprised to be unable to find any guitar instrumental versions from the early to mid sixties of this lovely tune. For that matter I could also not find anything more recent by the Shadows or the Ventures. The Shadows did record some of the songs from West Side Story, including “Tonight” and “There’s a Place for Us”.

January 29, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

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

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