DigitalDreamDoor.nutsie.com

  Custom Search of DDD
 Home
 Music Lists
 Music Forum
 Rock Timeline
 Rap Timeline
 Artist News
 Music Links
 SpotLight
 Foundations
 Musician Finder
 Guitar Chords
 Movie Lists
 Jokes & Quotes
 Music Store
facebook
Ask "Mr. Music"
August 30, 2010
"Gene Pitney, and David Jansen"
Let's continue our feature here at DigitalDreamDoor: Ask "Mr. Music." Now in its 25th year of syndication (1986-2011), Jerry Osborne's weekly Q&A feature will be a regular post every Wednesday from now on.

Be sure to stop by Jerry's site www.jerryosborne.com for more Mr. Music archives, record price guides, anything Elvis, buy & sell collectibles, record appraisals and much more. I thank Jerry for allowing the reprints.

songsMore Mr. Music Articles

Ask "Mr. Music"
"Jerry Osborne"
August 30, 2010 - "Gene Pitney, and David Jansen"
DEAR JERRY:

Why is "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" not heard anywhere in the film of the same title? The song clearly tells the same western story as the movie script, and should be the theme. What happened?

Not even the all-knowing Internet Movie Data Base mentions this most unusual situation, so anything you can tell me will be appreciated.

Also, what was determined to be the cause of Gene's sudden death?

- Cheryl Gifford, Vincennes, Ind.


DEAR CHERYL:

Gene Pitney (February 17, 1940 - April 5, 2006) was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff, Wales. His body was discovered by his tour manager, who went to check on Gene when he didn't answer his phone. Pitney was at the time in the midst of a very successful UK tour.

An autopsy confirmed the cause of death to be heart disease, more specifically ASVD (arteriosclerotic vascular disease) reflecting enlarged artery walls due to excessive fatty matter.

A few years earlier, in an e-mail we received, Gene admitted even he didn't know the exact reason his theme song never made it into the film:

"Because of my prior success with "Town Without Pity," I was paid a bundle to record "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Burt Bacharach wrote the song with Hal David, and Burt produced it.

"However, there was some screw-up between the publishing company, Famous Music, and the parent company, Paramount Pictures, and that is why it never was in the actual film."

"The most bizarre part of the story is something I only found out a few years ago, which is that the actual music, the main theme, used in the film is from a 1939 Henry Fonda film titled "Young Mister Lincoln." Go figure that out!

"Regards, Gene Pitney"




DEAR JERRY:

One of my favorite genres of collecting is recordings made by celebrities more famous for something other than music.

I have records by actors; sports stars; politicians; and even criminals.

Years ago I read about an album by David Jansen, the actor in "The Fugitive" TV show.

Having never laid eyes on such an LP, it would help if I knew the title, label, and any other details you can provide.

I don't even know if he sings or just plays an instrument.


- Rocky Fresnell, Seattle, Wash.





DEAR ROCKY:

David Janssen (note correct spelling), with the Tradewinds Orchestra and Chorus, recorded one album for Epic, titled "The Hidden Island (A Compelling Story of Love's Secret Moments and Tender Emotions)." This 1965 issue came in both mono (LN-24150) and stereo (BN-26150).

David neither sings nor plays; however, he narrates these stories.

Janssen is also the narrator on a Bicentennial (1976) production made exclusively for the National Guard: "Voices of Freedom (The Story of America's Citizen Soldier in the National Guard)" (NG-1000).

Accompanying David on these tracks is The United States Air Force Symphony in Blue and the Singing Sergeants.





IZ ZAT SO?

Though David Janssen didn't make the charts with his Epic album, quite a few celebrities from other fields do have hit records to their credit.

Here is an alphabetical sampling of familiar names in this category: Rex Allen; Annette; Ann-Margret; Jim Backus; Barbie Benton; Walter Brennan; George Burns; Edd Byrnes; Cassius Clay; Johnny Crawford; Dennis Day; Mike Douglas; Shelley Fabares; Stan Freberg; Jackie Gleason; Bill Hayes; Wink Martindale; Robert Mitchum; Leonard Nimoy; Ken Nordine; Paul Petersen; Red Skelton; John Tesh; John Travolta; and John Wayne.

Though he didn't make the charts, the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, recorded an entertaining collection of, in his words, "mood music in a jugular vein." The title of this 1958 LP is "Music to Be Murdered By" (Imperial 9052).

The lush orchestrations of standards are provided by Jeff Alexander and His Orchestra, but Hitchcock introduces each of the 10 tracks with some humorous commentary.

My favorite of these Hitchcockian quips precedes "I'll Never Smile Again":

"It was inevitable that I would make a record. After all, my measurements are 33 1/3, 45 and 78."


MORE: Ask "Mr. Music" -
"Gene Pitney, and David Janssen"
"Payola scandals, and Chubby Checker dance hits"
"Why vinyl sounds richer, Elvis and Beatles on Cash Box, Big Bad John answer songs"
"Vinyl Record Day - 'Mad Men' song"
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind, two versions"
"RFD Songs" and "Your Hit Parade"
"Hit Songs as both Vocal and Instrumental"
"Robert David Hall of CSI, plus the Belmonts without Dion"
"Cal Stewart's Uncle Josh Songs, & Andrews Sisters"
"The Collector's Edition T.A.M.I. Show"
"The Girl from the Next Farm Over" & "Tangerine Dream"
"Paul & Paula's "Hey Paula"
"'50s Rockers Ages" - "Songwriters Hall of Fame"
"Lyrics or Music" and "Billy Squier"
"Connie Francis, Neil Diamond, and David Gates"
"The High Numbers and Grading Vinyl"
"Louie Louie"
"Willie Nelson duets"
"Don't Do It" by "Little Charlie and the Nightcats"
"Frank Sinatra Spectacular, with Johnny Carson"
"Sam & Dave Medley" and the knife in "Moody River"
"Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Same Old Fool"
"Tony Orlando or Bertell Dache?"
"Foreign language hit songs in the U.S."
"The Overlanders" and "All-male Top 10"
"Songs with a bullet" and the name "Browning"
"Yesterday and Today, Beatles - Song: Submarine Race"
"Elvis Presley songs based on classical pieces."
"Introducing the Beatles" album value
"Answer Songs"
"Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" & "I Belong to You" by Peggy Lee
"A Lovers Hymn" and Songs naming the 12 months
"This Old House," by Rosemary Clooney
"The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction"
"Deana Martin", "Buchanan and Goodman"
"A Hard Day's Night" - Beatles
"British Christmas tunes" and "Fingertips Part 1"
"Backward tape technology" and "Rock Era Christmas tunes"
"Red Velvet Slippers" and "A Christmas Gift for You"
"Jerry Lee Lewis" and "See See Rider"
"Bonanza Theme Song"
"Come Softly to Me" by the Fleetwoods

Mr. Music
Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.
Jerry's Question page: Ask your question here.

Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368
E-mail: jpo@olympus.net
Visit his Web site: www.jerryosborne.com.

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.

Copyright 2010 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Permission






1000 Songs Every Rock Fan Should Know
500 Greatest Popular Recordings Of All Time
Greatest Rock Songs
Greatest Rock Ballads
Greatest Rock Anthems
Greatest Rock Instrumentals
Greatest Rock Debut Singles
Greatest Cover Songs
Top 10 Songs by Popular Rock Artists
Top 10 Songs 1950-1969
Top 10 Songs 1970-1979
Top 10 Songs 1980-1989
Top 10 Songs 1990-1999
Greatest 'Roots of Rock' Songs '40s  
Greatest Rock Songs '50s
Greatest Rock Songs '60s
Greatest Rock Songs '70s
Greatest Rock Songs '80s
Greatest Rock Songs '90s
Greatest Rock Songs '00s
Greatest Rockabilly Songs
Greatest Girl Group Songs
Greatest Country Rock Songs
Greatest Southern Rock Songs
Greatest Folk Rock Songs
Greatest Surf Rock Songs
Greatest Beach Music Songs
Greatest Psychedelic Songs
Greatest Punk Rock Songs
Greatest New Wave Songs
Greatest Fusion Songs
Greatest Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals
Greatest R&B/Soul Songs
Greatest R&B/Soul Ballads
Greatest R&B Songs of the '90s
Greatest R&B Ballads of the '90s
Greatest Funk Songs
Greatest Motown Songs
Greatest Northern Soul Songs
Greatest Uptempo Doo-Wop Songs
Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Songs
Greatest Old School Hip Hop Records
Greatest Metal Songs
Greatest Thrash Metal Songs
Greatest Glam Metal Songs
Greatest Symphonic Power Metal Songs
Greatest Disco Songs
Greatest Dance Songs '80s
Greatest Dance Songs '90s
Greatest Trance Songs
Greatest Electro Songs
Greatest Freestyle Songs
Greatest House Songs
Greatest Miami Bass Songs
Greatest Latin Rock Songs
Greatest Reggae Songs
Greatest Blues Instrumentals
Greatest Novelty Songs
Wildest, Craziest & Quirkiest Songs
Greatest Summer Songs
Greatest Love Songs
Greatest Mother Songs
Greatest Father Songs
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
- - For Links to - -
Blues, Jazz, Country, Folk, Classical, and more,
Click
'Main Music Page' below.


DigitalDreamDoor.com is to be used for
entertainment, educational, or research purposes only.

Copyright © 2010 - DigitalDreamDoor.com

All photos are property and copyright of their owners and are provided for educational purposes only.
This Ask "Mr. Music" page is only a part of DigitalDreamDoor.com. To view the Home page click
DigitalDreamDoor.com Home