Just caught a MAGNIFICENT SEVEN trailer -- the original one, presumably -- on TCM today, and although the mid-section was scored with Elmer's iconic orchestral theme, to my astonishment the trailer opened and closed with a very hokey, robust title song, sung lustily by male chorus. It was like stepping into another dimension, an alternate history.
Thanks, guys. If I wasn't clear in my original post, I heard no relation between the song and anything in Elmer's score, with or without lyrics. Apparently its origin remains a mystery, unless or until somebody in the know responds to this thread. (Siegerson, now that you've heard the trailer song, you tell me -- was it better than "Mabel"? )
Ugh, not liking the song for The Hunters or for The Magnificent Seven. I had no idea that The Magnificent Seven had a song in the trailer. When Bernstein's superb score kicks in during the trailer, life is sublime and perfect. It is such an amazing score!!
Chris Frayling observes in his film commentary that the repeated opening bars of the main theme are the syllables for "seven." Perhaps the trailer lyrics starting with "Seven, seven, seven!" recapitulates this literally, not musically.
Personally, I think "Bye Bye" isn't all that awkward, but rather fun. And, it's hard for anything to sound awkward with Sarah Vaughan singing it. (A cabaret singer friend of mine includes it in her repertoire.)