Posts filed under ‘Rockabilly’

I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party

“I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was released on the album Beatles for Sale in the United Kingdom in 1964. In the United States, Capitol released the song as the B-side of the single “Eight Days a Week”, and later on the Beatles VI album, both in 1965.

My instrumental arrangement has a feel based on the original.

May 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Theme from Hogan’s Heroes

“Hogan’s Heroes”, a highly improbable comedy series set in a WWII German POW camp, debuted in 1965 and stayed on the air until 1971.

The actors who played the four major German roles—Werner Klemperer (Klink), John Banner (Schultz), Leon Askin (Burkhalter), and Howard Caine (Hochstetter)—were Jewish. Furthermore, Klemperer, Banner, and Askin had all fled the Nazis during World War II. Werner Klemperer was the son of the great conductor Otto Klemperer and was an accomplished musician in his own right.

The theme music for Hogan’s Heroes was composed by Jerry Fielding. Fielding was a successful TV composer whose credits include the Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles”.

My arrangement is an instrumental guitar rock setting featuring a snare-drum driven march and a rockabilly solo break in the middle.

February 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Wonderland by Night

“Wonderland by Night” was #1 hit for Bert Kaempfert in 1961. I was a bit surprised when I ran across this tune. I’m not sure I remember it. Also, by this time I would have thought I’d found all the #1 instrumentals from the era.

The original is very slow and features a juicy, romantic trumpet as the lead instrument. My arrangement has most of the same parts but is faster and features guitars — the result is a much more “country” vibe.

January 20, 2017 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Theme from “The Wild Wild West”

The TV series “The Wild Wild West” ran on the CBS television network for four seasons: 1965 to 1969. I *loved* this show, and it was very popular.

The series followed Secret Service agents James West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) as they solved crimes, protected the President, and foiled the plans of megalomaniacal villains such as Dr. Loveless, played by Michael Dunn.

The theme is very memorable, yet as far as I can tell no one ever released an instrumental guitar-rock version of it. Until now. 🙂

January 17, 2017 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

Movin’ ‘n’ Groovin’

Movin’ ‘n’ Groovin’ was Duane Eddy’s first single, released in 1958. It only reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, but set the stage for his future success: his next release, Rebel Rouser, went to #6 that same year.

The Ventures covered the tune in 1962.

In my arrangement I tried to include elements of Duane Eddy’s style as well as the Ventures and surf guitar music in general.

January 13, 2017 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Gone Gone Gone

We now resume our regular, non-holiday programming.

“Gone Gone Gone” was released in 1964. It never cracked the top-40. But If you can sit still while listening to this, you need medical attention.

Seriously, many younger music fans need to take some time to learn about Phil & Don. They were were brilliant.

The Ventures covered this tune on their 19665 album “The Ventures Knock Me out”.

December 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

Over the River and Through the Wood

“Over the River and Through the Wood”, is a Thanksgiving poem by Lydia Maria Child, originally published in 1844. The poem was later set to a music by an unknown composer. My arrangement begins with a baritone guitar riff and rocks on from there.

November 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

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