Today’s piano piece is the theme from the 1960 film Exodus. This was requested by my friend Jenny who celebrates her birthday today. The film, produced and directed by Otto Preminger was based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Leon Uris. The soundtrack was written by Ernest Gold who won an Oscar in 1960 for Best Music: Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
I love this song! It’s probably not very “piano-y”, but I thought I’d play it anyway and I hope you enjoy it. It appeared on the 1966 Simon and Garfunkel album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. The fascinating fact about this song (which should appeal to my two sons…) is that it featured in the episode of The Simpsons called Who Shot Mr Burns? (Part One) when Mr Burns says “Hello lamppost, whatcha knowin’? I’ve come to watch your power flowin’.”
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Today’s song, My Kind of Town, was written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen in 1964, originally as part of the Rat Pack musical Robin and 7 Hoods, but it became one of the most popular solo songs of the great Frank Sinatra. The song has come to my attention more recently when I was watching the brilliant Norwegian comedy series Lilyhammer, where the fictional New York gangster Frank (The Fixer) Tagliano, played by Steven Van Zandt of Sopranos fame is starting a new life in Lillehammer, Norway. There’s an episode called My Kind of Town which ends with Frank singing this song with his new friends, work colleagues, and a few enemies, replacing Chicago with Lillehammer.
I couldn’t really avoid this one! For my final song in the Las Vegas Trilogy before I head home tomorrow, here’s Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas from the 1963 film of the same name. I only really knew the famous chorus of this song so it was a bit of an eye-opener when I recorded this!
Today’s song, Somethin’ Stupid, dates from 1966. It was performed by Frank and Nancy Sinatra and is the first and only instance of a father-daughter number one song in the USA. It was famously covered by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman on the 2001 album Swing When You’re Winning. I hope you enjoy today’s song.
This will hopefully bring back some happy memories for anyone who grew up in the 60s or 70s! Camberwick Green was a BBC1 stop-motion animation series created in the 60s and featured characters such as Captain Snort, Mrs Honeyman and the famous Windy Miller. I’ve put together a wee collection of tunes including the main theme, Mr Murphy’s theme, and Windy Miller’s theme too. I hope you enjoy this nostalgic collection!
Today’s song is a special song. It’s dedicated to Ewan’s guinea pig, Barry, who died this morning. Given his very cool hairdo, he was named after the hairiest Bee Gee, Barry Gibb, so with Ewan’s permission I’ve played To Love Somebody song in honour of our own wee Barry.
Today’s song is the 1967 classic (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and first performed by Aretha Franklin. It has been recorded by many artists including Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion and Carole King herself. Hope you enjoy this.
Made famous in 1966 by Frank Sinatra, Strangers in the Night was originally written by Bert Kaempfert … or not! There are claims that the song was actually called Stranci u Noći and was written by Croatian singer Ivo Robić. And in 1967 French composer Michel Philippe-Gérard claimed that the song was strikingly similar to his piece Magic Tango, and the royalties to Kaempfert were frozen until a Paris court in ruled against plagiarism in 1971. I hope you enjoy my version!
I had to do something romantic for St Valentine’s Day, so here’s Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E. It was composed by Bert Kaempfert with lyrics by Milt Gabler. Nat King Cole also recorded a version with lyrics in Italian, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. Hope you enjoy this piece today!
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