Another vocal giant has passed.
I have listened to all of his songs throughout the evening that became not only the soundtracks to the movies he sang, but to three generations now.
And no matter which one I hear over and over again, I still keep coming back to his rendition and signature song of Moon River.
It still breaks out the chills and sends me back into a time period that had grace and class. Henry Mancini Composed and a set of pipes that just melted you.
One out of four songs that were featured in the 1967 movie, “Psych-Out”.
This one accompanied the last scene where the female deaf character (Susan Strasberg) gulps down an extra dose of STP and she flashes more than just a bad trip. More like a world explosion inside of the mind with everything around her igniting with fire. Buildings, telephone poles, from out of bricks and cement sidewalks. Spinning out of control then landing her some how onto a freeway with more fireballs blazing at her (I’m now experiencing this too, it’s called menopause), in realty headlights from cars.
One big exaggerated hallucination…. I loved it!
And the entire soundtrack was outstanding.
The song still brings a warmth over me. It is as fabulous today as when it was first released in 1967.
Initially this song was recorded with The Mindbenders, who also acted in the film. It hit #1 on Billboard 100 for 5 consecutive weeks in the US and ended up earning the number one position for the entire year. In the UK it was never ever released for the hit it was in its own right, only remaining the B side to the 1967 No. 11 hit “Let’s Pretend”. US Release B side was “It’s Getting Harder All The Time” which was also in the movie.
I have watched this film at least 200 times in my life. It is among my top two favorites of Sidney Poitier, with the other being “A Patch Of Blue”.
Lulu’s voice couldn’t have gotten any better, it was picture perfect no pun intended. To Sir With Love was also her debut movie and epitomized an era of change. I always loved English Movies, Georgy Girl and The L-Shaped Room also comes to mind.
We were tougher, unspoiled ( unless you wanted your ass kicked by your parents ), more mature and willing to take to the streets and fight for what we believed in. Even if we got our heads kicked in.
Weren’t always right, weren’t always wrong.
In 1968 two of our hero’s were murdered before the nations eyes. Bobby Kennedy & Martin Luther King Jr.
The 68′ Tet offensive threw Nam into another realm as if it hadn’t been disastrous enough. No doubt in any body’s minds that RFK would have been our next President had he not been assassinated.
And Nam would have ended soon after. But as the words goes it just wasn’t meant to be. And I still say why the hell not.
This has to be my favorite Ralph Macchio movie and he never played a lick!
But this movie had some awesome Blues. Continue reading
Just some of the Musicians in the Orchestra on this 1987 TV Special.
Pete Candoli, Bill Watrous, Vincent De Rosa, Ronny Lang, Ray Pizzi, Abe Most…….
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At 94 years old Kirk Douglas could teach this day and very sad age of Hollywood a few lessons.