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Wayne's Music 23/24 July 2011. Themes and Easy Tempo.

Stingray (Aqua Marina) remember Stingray? The children's marionette TV show cleverly created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, all about the crew on board the highly sophisticated combat Submarine, the flagship of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (WASP), a 21st Century security organisation based at Marineville in the year 2065. Gary Miller (the voice of Troy Tempest) always sang this closing theme song of the show, written by Barry Gray.
Skokiaan here's the first of our easy tempo numbers tonight from believe it or not, Bill Haley's Comets - a piece written by a Zimbabwean jazz saxophonist, August Musarurwa - and it became an International hit in 1954. Decisione Armando Trovajoli from Bikini Beat … the Italian Film Composer and pianist has written hundreds of easy tempo titles.
Amapola French Accordionist and bandleader Jacky Noguez had a modest pop hit with an old tune written originally as a tango by a Spanish clarinetist
The Avengers oh yes The Avengers - Laurie Johnson's immortal theme.
Tracy's Theme here's a theme taken from a 1959 remake of the 1940 Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn film "The Philadelphia Story".
77 Sunset Strip from 1959, when combing your hair every five minutes of the day was a cool thing to do for men. Ed "Kookie" Burns made a career out of it. He was the rock and roll loving, wisecracking, haircombing, hipster in the detective series 77 Sunset Strip starring Roger Smith and Efrem Zimbalist Junior.
On The Beach It was the English light music composer/conductor/pianist/organist Frank Chacksfield who said "The best orchestras can make you angry and sad and even fall in love".
The Magnificent Seven it has to be one of the essential western film themes. The Grand musical score was composed by Elmer Bernstein which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1961,
Teensville one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th Century came out with easy temp tunes that made it into the charts …this is Chet Atkins with Teensville.
The Adventures Of Robin Hood Carl Sigman's famous theme - Robin Hood in Black and White - The British TV series ran from 1955 to 1959, with Richard Greene as the outlaw Robin Hood and Alan Wheatley as The Sheriff Of Nottingham.
A Closer Walk Pete Fountain or Pierre LaFontaine the New Orleans jazz clarinetist straddled the line between jazz and easy listening.
Hill Street Blues another theme song that became a hit record was by Mike Post featuring Larry Carlton on guitar in The Hill Street Blues.
Whatcha' Gonna Do here's Mr Easy Tempo himself, and it's surprising just how many whimsical piano instrumental pieces Nat King Cole had tucked away.
Theme From Upstairs Downstairs The South Bank orchestra introduced the theme for the 1970s British series of Upstairs, Downstairs.
Mr Lucky king of the theme writers Henry Mancini hit paydirt with "Peter Gunn" for the TV detective show, then he hit it big again with the theme from a television show based on the Cary Grant film Mr Lucky.
Rawhide was the fifth-longest-running American television Western, beaten only by eight years of Wagon Train, nine years of The Virginian , fourteen years of Bonanza and twenty years of Gunsmoke.
Beautiful Obsession Sir Chauncey and His Exciting Strings was the easy tempo pseudonym of Ernie Freeman.
Casa Di Moda more Easy Temp from Guido and Maurizio De Angelis .

Wayne's Music Sunday 24 July 2011 … Themes And Easy tempo. PART ONE

La Montana Frank De Vol and His Rainbow Strings - Adiemus Songs Of Sanctuary - created by Karl Jenkins, Mike Ratledge and Miriam Stockley - beautiful music to escape to.
Theme From The Apartment Ferrante And teacher - a popular twin piano lounge act in the 50s, and this theme from the Jack Lemmon/Shirley MacLaine romantic comedy was their breakthrough hit, selling 750,000 copies in less than a month. Thereafter, the duo specialized in movie themes, Exodus, West Side Story, and Midnight Cowboy. Coronation Street Eric Spear wrote the theme from Coronation Street in 1960 to capture the Northern English Brass band . Surrey trumpet player, Ronnie Hunt said he was paid £6, and found the experience frustrating as Eric Spear insisted on many takes before obtaining the sound that he wanted. After taking a break in a local pub, Hunt achieved the desired mournful sound by playing very close to the microphone. It's a wonderfully distinctive piece of music used to great effect to portray the strong characters in britain's long-running soap opera. Spear The Album EMI 340901

PART TWO.

Midnight Lace Ray Conniff Chorus and Orchestra -. His breezy, easy listening instrumental albums were big sellers.

Theme From Crossroads The Tony Hatch Sound gave us the wonderful theme from Crossroads
The Sundowners Billy Vaughn with his version of the movie theme in 1960.
The darling Buds Of may The English Light Concert orchestra.
Never On Sunday
Don Costa had a wild assortment of sounds - here's his version of the Academy Award winner for best song - a million seller for Costa - and within a year of this release there were more than 400 recordings of "Never On Sunday".
Theme From taggart The programme's theme music is "No Mean City" composed by Mike Moran. The vocals were originally performed by Maggie Bell formerly a member of Stone The Crows.
Peter Gunn Duane Eddy and The Rebels with one of his five hits in 1960, this one reflecting the pop culture of the day in the spy music of Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn". Theme From Minder Not often the star of the show gets to sing the theme as well
Night Theme The Mark Two - consisting of piano duo Wayne Cogswell and Ray Peterson came up with a sound for Wye records, an Independent label in the "mood music" market.
Theme From Brideshead revisited Geoffrey Burgon'was the Composer of television and film scores for Brideshead Revisited and Monty Python, as well as many concert and stage works.
In The Mood Ernie Fields orchestra which was a Los Angeles session group consisting of Plas Johnson, Rene Hall and Earl Palmer. The Ernie Fields name put out a number of rockin remakes of old standard band numbers, including The Charleston in 1961 before bandleader Fields retired after more than 40 years in the music business . Song Of The Trinity Adiemus from the album Cantata Mundi a follow up to Songs Of Sanctuary created and orchestrated by Karl Jenkins with the fanatastic voice of Miriam Stockley and the London Philharmonic orchestra. J Tear Drop Santo and Johnny Farina were the famous Brooklyn electric and steel guitar brother duo who never had another single that attained the popularity of their first hit "Sleep Walk", but they released many fine records in the same distinctive , dreamy style.
Route 66 Nelson Riddle in 1962 - his instrumental was one of the first Television themes to make the Billboard Top 30.
Theme From The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs Chet Atkins on one of the few movie themes he recorded - this time with The Bop Thompson Strings.
Bonanza Al Caiola -one of the best known pieces of made-for-television music, and variations of it were used for twelve seasons of the series. It was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, orchestrated by David Rose and arranged by Billy May. Over the years there have been versions by Marty Gold, Buddy Morrow, Johnny Gregory and David Rose, but the biggest hit version is by guitarist Al Caiola.
Forever The Little Dippers - alias the Anita Kerr Singers who were under contract to another label when this was recorded - so the single was marketed under The Little Dippers.
Dances With Wolves The John Barry orchestra plays the John Dunbar theme from Kevin Costner's western a genre that once upon a time ruled Hollywood.