Song of the day: Henry Mancini – "The Magnificent Seven"

June 29, 2012

When Elmer Bernstein was commissioned to write the theme for The Magnificent Seven, he may have taken the title literally and thought his brief was to write seven magnificent tunes for it:

Henry Mancini – “The Magnificent Seven (1972)

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Well, maybe there aren’t seven magnificent tunes in that piece of music. I’m probably imagining it. But however many tunes there actually are (I haven’t counted), I think they’re all utterly magnificent.

If you didn’t care for Henry’s version (i.e., “I’m a rock music fan – where’s the guitar?”), you might prefer one that features a guitar:

Al Caiola & His Orchestra – “The Magnificent Seven (1961)

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Either way, it’s a win-win situation for lovers of instrumentals, easy listening, movie scores, great tunes etc.

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Song of the day: Henry Mancini – "Peter Gunn Theme"

June 27, 2012

Oh yeah…

Henry Mancini – “Peter Gunn Theme (1972)

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I was going to leave this post as it is (i.e., mercifully short), but then I discovered the following version of “Peter Gunn” and it blew my tiny mind:

Sarah Vaughan – “Peter Gunn (1965)

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Wow.


Musical coincidences # 91

March 8, 2011

I spotted today’s coincidence whilst visiting Stonefish’s Music Blog. A recent post by The Stonecruncher featured a song by Terry Bush.

The song was (and still is, presumably) the theme tune to a TV program called Lassie The Adventures Of Rin Tin Tin Run, Joe, Run Inspector Rex The Littlest Hobo. It starts off like this:

Terry Bush – “Maybe Tomorrow” (2000) (excerpt)

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That instantly reminded me of this:

Henry Mancini – “Mystery Movie Theme (1971) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Terry Bush – “Maybe Tomorrow” (2000)

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Henry Mancini – “Mystery Movie Theme (1971)

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