Sunday, 5 August 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: John Barry - Midnight Cowboy

Quite simply one of the greatest movie themes of all time, written by a master of the art. John Barry sadly passed away early in 2011, but leaves behind a most impressive legacy... "Written in 12/8 time, this mournful harmonica melody tripped off the pen of the Yorkshire-born composer John Barry (1933-2011) for the 1969 Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy. Based on the 1965 novel of the same name, this X-rated off-beat buddy-buddy movie depicts the underside of the American dream through the eyes of lowlife, Texan fantasist Joe Buck... 

The album version by John Barry & His Orchestra runs to a mere 2 minutes 48 seconds. The instrumental version is known as 'Midnight Cowboy Theme' or 'Theme From Midnight Cowboy'". The song won John Barry a Grammy for Best Instrumental Theme...

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