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Instrumental Hits

I love Henry Mancini

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by Anonymousreply 159December 4, 2023 7:00 PM

Blue is Blue

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by Anonymousreply 1November 24, 2023 5:00 AM

A Taste of Honey

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by Anonymousreply 2November 24, 2023 5:03 AM

Midnight Cowboy

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by Anonymousreply 3November 24, 2023 5:05 AM

Classical Gas

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by Anonymousreply 4November 24, 2023 5:37 AM

Soul Coaxing by Raymond Lefevre

Released about the same time as 'Love is Blue' in '68 but didn't chart very high. In any case, it's my favourite instrumental.

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by Anonymousreply 5November 24, 2023 5:50 AM

A Summer Place

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by Anonymousreply 6November 24, 2023 6:49 AM

Popcorn!

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by Anonymousreply 7November 24, 2023 6:52 AM

Theme from “Route 66”. With bonus ass pics and homoerotica provided by George Maharis and Martin Milner.

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by Anonymousreply 8November 24, 2023 7:48 AM

Sing! Sing! Sing!

by Anonymousreply 9November 24, 2023 8:03 AM

Even without the haunting melodies of Claudine "IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!" Longet,

the instrumental of 'Nothing To Lose' by Henry Mancini from the '68 movie, 'The Party' soothes the savage beast

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by Anonymousreply 10November 24, 2023 8:34 AM

Widor's Toccata (from his 5th Symphony), probably the most obscenely sexual piece ever written for organ. The organist is Olivier Latry. Definitely the best rendition - there is no way to top this.

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by Anonymousreply 11November 24, 2023 3:40 PM

theme from Elvira Madigan

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by Anonymousreply 12November 24, 2023 3:43 PM

r1 That song was a #1 hit in the US, but its name is LOVE IS BLUE. (Original French title: "L'amour est bleu")

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by Anonymousreply 13November 24, 2023 3:51 PM

Here's what Santa's bringing OP this year.

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by Anonymousreply 14November 24, 2023 3:53 PM

I own this thread.

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by Anonymousreply 15November 24, 2023 3:57 PM

Laura

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by Anonymousreply 16November 24, 2023 4:04 PM

Big in 1981

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by Anonymousreply 17November 24, 2023 4:06 PM

The beautiful Chariots of Fire theme. I can't imagine things like this even being on young peoples' radar now. I was a child when this came out and I loved it.

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by Anonymousreply 18November 24, 2023 4:11 PM

r18 see r15

by Anonymousreply 19November 24, 2023 4:13 PM

r19 Oops, damnit. Sorry I swear i looked! I will step away in humiliation now.

by Anonymousreply 20November 24, 2023 4:15 PM

Picnic

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by Anonymousreply 21November 24, 2023 4:18 PM

Sun Treader

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by Anonymousreply 22November 24, 2023 4:20 PM

This thread is nothing without Kenny G's "Songbird"...

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by Anonymousreply 23November 24, 2023 4:21 PM

a far cry

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by Anonymousreply 24November 24, 2023 4:21 PM

sequneza V

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by Anonymousreply 25November 24, 2023 4:24 PM

Moulin Rouge

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by Anonymousreply 26November 24, 2023 4:26 PM

They do an awesome job with this tune that's been a favorite of mine since the film was released!

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by Anonymousreply 27November 24, 2023 4:28 PM

R27 Morricone was so imaginative and his music is such a great pleasure to hear, and even more so to see it performed live. It must be a huge undertaking. I even enjoy is played on ukuleles.

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by Anonymousreply 28November 24, 2023 8:13 PM

tick-tock

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by Anonymousreply 29November 24, 2023 8:33 PM

Telstar

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by Anonymousreply 30November 24, 2023 8:33 PM

Feels so Good

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by Anonymousreply 31November 24, 2023 8:45 PM

Baby Elephant Walk - another Mancini

A Man and a Woman

by Anonymousreply 32November 24, 2023 9:04 PM

Herb Alpert, Rise

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by Anonymousreply 33November 26, 2023 1:33 AM

A Man and a Woman (from R32).

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by Anonymousreply 34November 26, 2023 1:35 AM

The Godfather Suite, Thanks for R27.

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by Anonymousreply 35November 26, 2023 1:39 AM

The Third Man Theme

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by Anonymousreply 36November 26, 2023 1:42 AM

It's still an instrumental with "la-las" right?

Anyway, from my parents' era - Lawrence Welk's "Calcutta"

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by Anonymousreply 37November 26, 2023 1:47 AM

Another one from that same era - "Mexico"

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by Anonymousreply 38November 26, 2023 1:50 AM

One more and then I'm leaving . . .

Bert Kaempfert's "Wonderland by Night"

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by Anonymousreply 39November 26, 2023 1:56 AM

🎵. 📦., 💃

by Anonymousreply 40November 26, 2023 1:57 AM

1968 the year of Love is Blue AND Classical Gas both big hits. That baroque-pop sound is so thrilling. The Mason Williams clip is pure class. Most likely The Smothers Brothers Show. So great to listen to them again.

by Anonymousreply 41November 26, 2023 1:58 AM

Some nice instrumentals posted here, but this one puts them all to shame:

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by Anonymousreply 42November 26, 2023 2:06 AM

My man Mangione makes me feel so good.

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by Anonymousreply 43November 26, 2023 2:10 AM

r20, please ignore horse's ass r19. If the Chariots of Fire theme is your favorite instrumental, it's perfectly okay for you to say so, even if someone else has posted it previously. Don't give in to such OCD bullying tactics. There is no reason to feel humiliated.

Chariots of Fire is one of my favorite instrumentals, too. Fuck r19. Fuck him right in the ass with a tire iron wrapped in a pair of those white shorts.

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by Anonymousreply 44November 26, 2023 3:38 AM

Here's some more Chariots of Fire for control queen r19 to wrap his wasted, withered mind around.

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by Anonymousreply 45November 26, 2023 3:42 AM

And some more from Chariots of Fire, something I've turned to more than once in these increasingly anti-Semitic weeks.

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by Anonymousreply 46November 26, 2023 3:44 AM

Orange Blossom Special by Roy Clark

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by Anonymousreply 47November 26, 2023 4:05 AM

Vince Guaraldi, Christmas Time is Here

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by Anonymousreply 48November 26, 2023 4:11 AM

^ Brilliant

by Anonymousreply 49November 26, 2023 4:16 AM

One of my favorites: "Stranger on the Shore," by Mr. Acker Bilk.

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by Anonymousreply 50November 26, 2023 4:22 AM

Nadia's Theme

by Anonymousreply 51November 26, 2023 7:32 AM

R51, Thanks

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by Anonymousreply 52November 26, 2023 7:55 AM

Love's Theme (yes, I know it's a Barry White production, but no vocals).

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by Anonymousreply 53November 26, 2023 12:02 PM

Nadia's Theme is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written anytime anywhere

by Anonymousreply 54November 26, 2023 12:25 PM

r54 = Katherine Chancellor Sterling Murphy

by Anonymousreply 55November 26, 2023 2:11 PM

I say fuck R19 as well.

by Anonymousreply 56November 26, 2023 2:14 PM

This is to compliment R48's post.

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by Anonymousreply 57November 26, 2023 3:43 PM

Lily Was Here by Candy Dulfer and Dave Stewart

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by Anonymousreply 58November 26, 2023 3:54 PM

I love the Mission Impossible theme remix Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton of U2 did back in 1996.

The original is awesome, as well.

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by Anonymousreply 59November 26, 2023 7:32 PM

[quote]Nadia's Theme is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written anytime anywhere.

Unfortunately, its being so closely identified with "The Young and the Restless" that it immediately calls up images of Brendad Ixon spoils it for me.

by Anonymousreply 60November 26, 2023 10:02 PM

"Hill St. Blues" theme.

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by Anonymousreply 61November 27, 2023 4:20 PM

Another one from Mancini ... theme from "Newhart."

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by Anonymousreply 62November 27, 2023 4:24 PM

"St. Elsewhere"

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by Anonymousreply 63November 27, 2023 4:27 PM

"Cast Your Fate to the Wind"

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by Anonymousreply 64November 27, 2023 6:54 PM

the coolest of the cool

Hugh Masekela, Grazing in the Grass

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by Anonymousreply 65November 27, 2023 7:11 PM

live and beautiful

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by Anonymousreply 66November 27, 2023 7:15 PM

R11, thanks for the link to Widor’s Toccata. The top comment says it should be the first piece played when Notre Dame reopens and I agree

by Anonymousreply 67November 27, 2023 7:41 PM

St Elmo’s Fire theme

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by Anonymousreply 68November 27, 2023 10:21 PM

Michel Legrand's 'The Summer Knows' from 'The Summer of 42'.

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by Anonymousreply 69November 29, 2023 9:03 PM

Lara's Theme

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by Anonymousreply 70November 29, 2023 9:05 PM

Papillon by Jerry Goldsmith

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by Anonymousreply 71November 29, 2023 9:07 PM

Tequila! interpreted by Ann-Margret

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by Anonymousreply 72November 29, 2023 9:23 PM

From 1969 - "Quentin's Theme" from daytime soap opera "Dark Shadows."

Pop Chart Peaks: Record World 6, Cash Box 8, Billboard 13 - Easy Listening Peak: 3. It was also nominated for a Grammy.

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by Anonymousreply 73November 29, 2023 9:38 PM

DataLounge helped Lawrence Welk reach top of the charts for two weeks in 1961 with his big hit, "Calcutta."

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by Anonymousreply 74November 29, 2023 11:16 PM

Barber's Adagio from 'Platoon'.

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by Anonymousreply 75November 30, 2023 12:26 AM

Dueling Banjos

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by Anonymousreply 76November 30, 2023 12:52 AM

The theme to the film Peyton Place was pretty popular, and of course ....

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by Anonymousreply 77November 30, 2023 1:40 AM

... the one part of it was used for the popular prime time television serial drama of the same name.

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by Anonymousreply 78November 30, 2023 1:42 AM

Moon River.

by Anonymousreply 79November 30, 2023 1:53 AM

79 replies and this is absent unless it is one of those posts that says "this" with a YouTube link.

Dave Brubeck-Take Five.

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by Anonymousreply 80November 30, 2023 2:42 AM

The lovely "Song From Moulin Rouge." A vocalist comes in about halfway through this version, but it's primarily remembered as an instrumental.

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by Anonymousreply 81November 30, 2023 3:15 AM

r79 "Moon River" was not an instrumental.

by Anonymousreply 82November 30, 2023 3:41 AM

Herb Alpert, "Casino Royale."

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by Anonymousreply 83November 30, 2023 3:41 AM

Yes it was. Henry Mancini again.

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by Anonymousreply 84November 30, 2023 4:57 AM

Another beauty from Henry Mancini. The Wurlitzer organ sounds wonderful.

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by Anonymousreply 85November 30, 2023 5:06 AM

The beautiful opening theme to Twin Peaks composed by Angelo Badalamenti won a Grammy award in 1991.

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by Anonymousreply 86November 30, 2023 1:11 PM

Meco's disco version of the Star Wars theme was a big international hit. From wiki:

[quote] On the picture's opening day, Wednesday, May 25, 1977, Meco attended the 20th Century-Fox soon-to-be blockbuster hit Star Wars. By the following night, he had seen the film four more times, and attended several more screenings over the weekend. He then got the idea to make a disco version of the score by John Williams and contacted Neil Bogart at Casablanca Records to pitch the project. However, rather than greenlighting the project right away, Bogart chose to wait. Only after both the picture itself as well as the original score had become huge hits did Bogart agree to help Meco realize his idea.

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by Anonymousreply 87November 30, 2023 9:35 PM

"Follow Your Bliss" - the B-52's beautiful end-song to the band's "Cosmic Thing" album.

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by Anonymousreply 88November 30, 2023 9:54 PM

Telstar by The Tornados

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by Anonymousreply 89November 30, 2023 9:55 PM

Harlem Nocturne.

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by Anonymousreply 90November 30, 2023 10:17 PM

r89, see r30

by Anonymousreply 91November 30, 2023 10:56 PM

"Take Five," Dave Brubeck

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by Anonymousreply 92November 30, 2023 10:57 PM

It wasn't a hit (wasn't even released as a single), but I've always loved Prince's Parade-era B-side "Alexa De Paris." It's gorgeous.

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by Anonymousreply 93November 30, 2023 10:59 PM

R91, see R44.

by Anonymousreply 94December 1, 2023 12:23 AM

Stranger on the Shore by Mr. Acker Bilk

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by Anonymousreply 95December 1, 2023 1:00 AM

Paul Hardcastle RAINFOREST

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by Anonymousreply 96December 1, 2023 1:49 AM

The Last of th

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by Anonymousreply 97December 1, 2023 1:50 AM

Mike Oldfield. The premiere of Tubular Bells III. Live outdoors at the Horse Guards in the pouring rain to a packed house in ponchos. The band are absolutely loving it and the crowd is entranced. Richard Branson is soaked.

What a performance.

by Anonymousreply 98December 1, 2023 3:05 AM

Now let me post it

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by Anonymousreply 99December 1, 2023 3:06 AM

[quote]R89, see R30

Combing a DL thread on favorite instrumental hits to root out possible redundant posts has to be the very definition of having nothing better to do.

by Anonymousreply 100December 1, 2023 3:17 AM

Allman Brothers - Jessica

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by Anonymousreply 101December 1, 2023 10:53 AM

Even better: IN Memory of Elizabeth Reed

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by Anonymousreply 102December 1, 2023 12:40 PM

Or "Hot Lanta". The best piece of music ever written about an unworthy place

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by Anonymousreply 103December 1, 2023 12:42 PM

I always admired this performance by The Chieftains. There is so much happening in each part of the composition. I love it.

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by Anonymousreply 104December 1, 2023 6:53 PM

Opus One

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by Anonymousreply 105December 1, 2023 7:01 PM

Burt Bacharach - Nikki

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by Anonymousreply 106December 1, 2023 7:03 PM

Frank Zappa - Black Napkins (live 1977)

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by Anonymousreply 107December 1, 2023 7:04 PM

Another hit composed by Henry Mancini was the theme to Peter Gunn. An album of the television show's music was soon released. It was also recorded by trumpeter Ray Anthony and his Orchestra. But I believe the biggest hit with the song was the version done by Duane Eddy and the Rebels. Eddy was known as the guy with the "twangy" guitar sound.

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by Anonymousreply 108December 1, 2023 7:22 PM

All my favorites are already on here. But for some reason I have the entire soundtrack of the original “Lolita” and I like this part.

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by Anonymousreply 109December 1, 2023 7:24 PM

Jan Hammer's theme for Miami Vice reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1985 and charted in many foreign countries as well.

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by Anonymousreply 110December 1, 2023 8:27 PM

Jeff Beck's Grammy winning version of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" off his album "Emotion & Commotion".

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by Anonymousreply 111December 2, 2023 12:48 AM

Thought one of the biggest, most complex, popular instrumental hits would have been mentioned already. Sing ,Sing, Sing. It will always lift you mood.

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by Anonymousreply 112December 2, 2023 11:51 AM

Theme to Exodus.

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by Anonymousreply 113December 2, 2023 5:37 PM

Sorry this is the instrumental. It went to #2 in 1960.

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by Anonymousreply 114December 2, 2023 5:39 PM

Tangential, but the theme to Gomorrah is absolutely beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 115December 2, 2023 5:39 PM

Billboard #1 in 1976

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by Anonymousreply 116December 2, 2023 5:58 PM

Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills

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by Anonymousreply 117December 2, 2023 6:40 PM

Thanksgiving by George Winston

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by Anonymousreply 118December 2, 2023 6:48 PM

Green Onions always makes me want to get up and shimmy.

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by Anonymousreply 119December 2, 2023 7:12 PM

Coolest of Cool

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by Anonymousreply 120December 2, 2023 7:17 PM

R112 It was. R9

by Anonymousreply 121December 2, 2023 7:27 PM

boogie...

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by Anonymousreply 122December 2, 2023 7:29 PM

And it is again, r121.

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by Anonymousreply 123December 2, 2023 7:29 PM

Artie Shaw - Begin The Beguine. Artie made a hit of this unusual Cole Porter Broadway ballad in 1938. This is a 1945 live recording, with completely different solos - it’s a beauty.

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by Anonymousreply 124December 2, 2023 7:40 PM

Sorry, that was a bad link...

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by Anonymousreply 125December 2, 2023 7:41 PM

[quote]Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills

I met a boy called Frank Mills on September 12th right here, in front of the Waverly.

by Anonymousreply 126December 2, 2023 8:15 PM

The Colonel Bogey March - theme song to "Bridge on the River Kwai."

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by Anonymousreply 127December 2, 2023 8:43 PM

R6 — I agree. I also love the 1976 version.

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by Anonymousreply 128December 2, 2023 9:31 PM

So many great tunes on this list.

I always really loved Bill Conti’s theme for The Colbys.

Like the show, the theme was a spinoff of Dynasty’s theme.

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by Anonymousreply 129December 2, 2023 9:35 PM

I think Bill Conti also wrote the theme to Falcon Crest.

The original is great, but I also really liked the season 9 update — lots of synth. Mark Snow may’ve been responsible for the updated version.

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by Anonymousreply 130December 2, 2023 9:40 PM

Axel F.

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by Anonymousreply 131December 2, 2023 11:58 PM

Herbie Hancock ROCKIT - mostly instrumental but with a few robotic utterances of the word “rockit.”

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by Anonymousreply 132December 3, 2023 12:00 AM

It Can't Be Wrong from Now Voyager.

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by Anonymousreply 133December 3, 2023 2:34 AM

Edgar Winter – Frankenstein

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by Anonymousreply 134December 3, 2023 3:05 AM

And speaking of Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now

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by Anonymousreply 135December 3, 2023 3:10 AM

Quincey Jones's Soul Bossa Nova

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by Anonymousreply 136December 3, 2023 3:11 AM

If we're talking Bill Conti, we're talking An Unmarried Woman.

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by Anonymousreply 137December 3, 2023 3:13 AM

Benny Goodman had huge cock face.

by Anonymousreply 138December 3, 2023 3:16 AM

So cool..... The vocal version by Astrid Giberto is called "So Nice"

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by Anonymousreply 139December 3, 2023 3:25 AM

David Foster's "Elizabeth" wasn't a hit but it's a great tune.

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by Anonymousreply 140December 3, 2023 3:28 AM

Bert Kaempfert:

"This Happy Feeling" - became famous as the theme song of "The Sandy Becker Show" on channel 5 early mornings

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by Anonymousreply 141December 3, 2023 3:28 AM

R129 How was that a hit tune?

by Anonymousreply 142December 3, 2023 3:30 AM

More Kaempfert: "Afrikaan Beat" - also used on the Sandy Becker Show as Exit Music.

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by Anonymousreply 143December 3, 2023 3:31 AM

R133 The song made from theme - called “Wrong” - was a big hit. But not as an instrumental.

by Anonymousreply 144December 3, 2023 3:31 AM

The Entertainer - theme from The Sting, by Scott Joplin - was a big hit.

by Anonymousreply 145December 3, 2023 3:33 AM

r141, where did you live? The Sandy Becker show was on in the late afternoon in New York, also on channel 5.

by Anonymousreply 146December 3, 2023 3:34 AM

r146: Valley Stream, NY. Sandy was broadcast TWICE a day! Morning and afternoon!

by Anonymousreply 147December 3, 2023 3:27 PM

From the disco era ...

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by Anonymousreply 148December 3, 2023 5:42 PM

Also from the disco era ... a Barry White original.

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by Anonymousreply 149December 3, 2023 5:44 PM

Spanish Flea

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by Anonymousreply 150December 3, 2023 5:48 PM

The entire oeuvre of Hooked on Classics.

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by Anonymousreply 151December 3, 2023 5:49 PM

Play "Misty" for Me

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by Anonymousreply 152December 3, 2023 6:47 PM

The Stripper, by David Rose. (Also Holiday For Strings, if not already mentioned).

by Anonymousreply 153December 3, 2023 9:13 PM

String of Pearls

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by Anonymousreply 154December 3, 2023 9:16 PM

Yakety Sax

by Anonymousreply 155December 3, 2023 9:20 PM

Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado.

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by Anonymousreply 156December 3, 2023 9:27 PM

The Poor People Of Paris - big hit. You’ll know it when you hear it.

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by Anonymousreply 157December 3, 2023 9:33 PM

Ruby (theme from the film, Ruby Gentry, with Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden). Harmonica hit.

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by Anonymousreply 158December 3, 2023 9:39 PM

The Orange Blossom Special

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by Anonymousreply 159December 4, 2023 7:00 PM
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