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 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Dan Roman   (Member)

I'm creating a list of opening title ballads with vocal accompaniment from the 1950 and 1960's. Examples: Jimmy Rodgers': The Long Hot Summer or Avalon's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Male or Female vocals. Does anyone have any good suggestions of some of the best ? Those that have sweeping orchestra accompaniment or big band or jazz arrangements are preferred. These would be songs and arrangements written specifically for a particular film. Exclude: musicals or film versions of stage musicals.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

"An Affair to Remember" Vic Damone

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

"The Best of Everything" -- Johnny Mathis singing Alfred Newman's title song with lyrics by Sammy Cahn.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   Dan Roman   (Member)

"The Best of Everything" -- Johnny Mathis singing Alfred Newman's title song with lyrics by Sammy Cahn.

Thanks Ron !
Good recommendations.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

One of my favorites is:

Nat King Cole: "The Song of Raintree County" Main Title 1957

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

George Alexander, accompanied by the Mellomen, singing composer Nelson Riddle's and lyricist John Gabriel's western ballad, EL DORADO:

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

I agree with the EL DORADO song. It's one of my favorites, if not my favorite ballad from a
western.

I might like to add something by my favorite male singer: Steve Lawrence. It may actually be
from the '70's though, and that is Goldsmith's song from THE LAST RUN, with a lyric by Hal David.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

One of my favorites is:

Nat King Cole: "The Song of Raintree County" Main Title 1957


I believe both this and "The Best of Everything" can be heard as samples on the FSM listings at Screen Archives.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

I have just such a Playlist on my iTunes, with Title Songs and featured songs.

Here is part of it....

Main Title - "An Affair to Remember" (Our Love Affair) 1:51 Music by Hugo Friedhofer - Vocal: Vic Damone.
An Affair to Remember ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

April Love (Film Version) 2:24 Pat Boone - Music by Alfred Newman & Cyril J. Mockridge April Love - Original Soundtrack Soundtrack

Prelude & Main Title - Boy On A Dolphin 4:11 Music by Hugo Friedhofer Boy on a Dolphin ( Original STEREO Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

Tammy 3:02 Debbie Reynolds - Music by Jay Livingstone & Ray Evans Tammy & the Bachelor - Original Soundtrack Soundtrack

Houseboat - Bing, Bang, Bong 2:20 Sophia Loren Sophia Loren - Music from Her Movies Soundtrack
Houseboat - Almost In Your Arms 2:51 Sophia Loren Sophia Loren - Music from Her Movies Soundtrack

It's a Woman's World 2:58 The Four Aces Woman's World Sound Track

The Bus Stop Song (A Paper Of Pins) 2:17 The Four Lads Bus Stop Soundtrack

Main Title - Hallelujah Trail 2:34 Composed & Conducted by Elmer Bernstein & Chorus The Hallelujah Trail ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

Moon River - Vocal: Audrey Hepburn 1:45 Composed & Conducted by Henry Mancini Breakfast At Tiffany's ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

River Of No Return 2:16 Marilyn Monroe River Of No Return ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

Overture ( Original Film Version ) 2:25 Composed & Conducted by Ernest Gold It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

Main Title ( Vocal - Sheb Woolley ) 1:55 Music by Cyril J. Mockridge ( Conducted by Miklos Rozsa ) Many Rivers to Cross ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack
The Berry Tree (Bonus Track) 0:56 Music by Cyril J. Mockridge ( Conducted by Miklos Rozsa ) Many Rivers to Cross ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

A Certain Smile 2:46 Johnny Mathis A Certain Smile ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

Nature Boy 2:55 Nat King Cole. 20 Greatest Hits Vocal

Mona Lisa 3:28 Nat King Cole. 20 Greatest Hits Vocal

On Days Like These - Vocal : Matt Monro 3:44 Composed & Conducted by Quincy Jones The Italian Job - ( Original Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

Charade (Vocal) 2:38 Composed & Conducted by Henry Mancini Charade ( Music from the Motion Picture ) Soundtrack

It Had Better Be Tonight ( Vocal ) 2:00 Composed & Conducted by Henry Mancini The Pink Panther ( Music from the Motion Picture ) Soundtrack

Main Title - Forever, Darling ( Vocal - The Ames Bros.)/ Knot Is Tied / Two Months Later / Five Years Later 6:13 Bronislau Kaper Forever, Darling Soundtrack

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Main Title 2:51 Frankie Avalon / Paul Sawtell & Orchestra Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

Main Title - Vocal: Vic Damone 2:54 Music by Alfred Newman & Cyril J. Mockridge The Gift of Love ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) Soundtrack

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

"The Ballad of Cat Ballou" sung by Nat King Cole & Stubby Kaye

"The Searchers" written by Stan Jones and sung by The Sons of the Pioneers

My 2 cents.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)




Riz Ortolani

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I must be on Dan's ignore list.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Here are a few.....

THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA - Nat King Cole
HIGH NOON - Tex Ritter
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY - chorus
THE FACTS OF LIFE - Steve and Eydie
THE LAST COMMAND - Gordon MacRae
COME NEXT SPRING - Tony Bennett
COME BLOW YOUR HORN - Frank Sinatra
FRIENDLY PERSUASION - Pat Boone
THE BLUE GARDENIA - Nat King Cole
THE PLEASURE OF HIS/HER COMPANY - Vic Damone cover version
GREEN FIRE - chorus
UNTIL THEY SAIL - Eydie Gorme
SONG FROM MOULIN ROUGE/WHERE IS YOUR HEART - Felicia Sanders
THE TENDER TRAP - Frank Sinatra
IT STARTED WITH A KISS - Debbie Reynolds
THE HORIZONTAL LIEUTENANT - The Diamonds
VERA CRUZ - Tony Martin (single-recording w-Orchestra cond. by Raul LaVista---maybe deleted vocal track of film main title)
THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN - Frank Sinatra
MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS - The Four Aces

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

Here are a few.....

THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA - Nat King Cole
HIGH NOON - Tex Ritter
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY - chorus
THE FACTS OF LIFE - Steve and Eydie
THE LAST COMMAND - Gordon MacRae
COME NEXT SPRING - Tony Bennett
COME BLOW YOUR HORN - Frank Sinatra
FRIENDLY PERSUASION - Pat Boone
THE BLUE GARDENIA - Nat King Cole
THE PLEASURE OF HIS/HER COMPANY - Vic Damone cover version
GREEN FIRE - chorus
UNTIL THEY SAIL - Eydie Gorme
SONG FROM MOULIN ROUGE/WHERE IS YOUR HEART - Felicia Sanders
THE TENDER TRAP - Frank Sinatra
IT STARTED WITH A KISS - Debbie Reynolds
THE HORIZONTAL LIEUTENANT - The Diamonds
VERA CRUZ - Tony Martin (single-recording w-Orchestra cond. by Raul LaVista---maybe deleted vocal track of film main title)
THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN - Frank Sinatra
MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS - The Four Aces


Best compilation so far.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Gonna have a separate category for westerns?

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

As in 'The Ballad of Cable Hogue' (which was made in 1969 I presume and released in 1970) 'Tomorrow is the Song I Sing', composed by Jerry Goldsmith with lyrics written and performed by one Richard Gillis.

Then there are all those movies like 'Bonnie and Clyde' or 'Fifty-Five Days at Peking' that had ballads attached that weren't exactly openers, but constituted title credit pieces.

And it goes unsaid: what was that fellow's name, Jimmy Stock, John Share, somebody Bond? With all those songs by that chap with the Irish/Welsh name, what was it? .... Barry John was it?


No mention of 'Wild Rovers'? And do ancient lingos count like 'Land of the Pharaohs?'

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

BLOWING WILD (1953) - Frankie Laine

THE LIQUIDATOR (1966) - Shirley Bassey

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

BLOWING WILD (1953) - Frankie Laine

THE LIQUIDATOR (1966) - Shirley Bassey



I wonder how many of the western movie ballads Laine performed originally, which he very effectively lampooned later in "Blazing Saddles"?

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Sammy Fain
Hit version by "The Four Aces"
Academy Award - Best Song - 1956

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 8:31 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Extraordinary that there's been no mention of 3:10 to Yuma, or Gunfight at the OK Corral yet.
And Johnny Guitar.


3:10 to Yuma (Duning/Laine)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkXDLNRVMxY



Johnny Guitar (Victor Young/Peggy Lee)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeCWuN0dc5w



Gunfight at OK Corral (Tiomkin/Laine)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqyiRwlLa80

 
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