Yesterday, I posted the wonderful theme song to the TV series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, that starred Hugh O'Brian who had just passed away. Since I like the song so much, I thought I'd post it again. Aha, but with a twist. This version is sung by...Hugh O'Brian himself!! And the thing is, he's very good.
What's fun is that, unlike in the theme song, where the words are about "he," Hugh O'Brian sings it as "I." Also, the chorus singing along with him is the Ken Darby Singers. If you're an admirer of the classic film, How the West Was Won, the Ken Darby Singers is the group who performs in it.
By the way, I was informed by Don Friedman -- a fellow-grad of New Trier High School, where (as I noted yesterday) Hugh O'Brian also attended -- that the music for the theme song was written by Harry Warren. For those of you who don't know the name, Harry Warren is one of the great songwriters in American history, in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in fact. Among his voluminous songs are -- "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Jeepers Creepers,":"That's Amore," "We're in the Money," and "Forty-Second Street" and won three Oscars for "Lullaby of Broadway," "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," and "You'll Never Know." And was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. So, I guess that was an understandable reason the song is so enjoyable. For the record, the words are by Harold Adamson.
As it happens, Harry Warren was also the title character in my screenplay, Harry Warren of the Mounties." And no, they are not related. It just worked out that way. Go figure. Though it did win the Lucille Ball Award for Comedy Screenwriting, so at least they have awards in common. But I digress...
Anyway, here's the theme song again. With Hugh O'Brian, of all people, taking the lead
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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