Master Composers: Nelson Riddle performed many memorable movie classic tunes

Throughout his remarkable career, Nelson Riddle (1921-1985, died three days after Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb on the all-time baseball career hit list) performed so many memorable TV themes (most notably Batman) and several movie scores (including the wildly popular 1967 smash hit, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying).

My selection in this being Oscar Week is from the 1972 compilation album as part of MPS’ Silver Collection series.

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Several noteworthy songs are included, from “My Sweet Lord” on Track 2, “Sao Paulo” on Track 3, and “Just A Little Lovin” on Track 9.

Perhaps his best known track in some Brazilian jazz circles was this hit simply called “Time And Space”:

Even with the old Route 66 themes, his work from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and in his final years teaming up with Linda Ronstadt will always be remembered.

And yes, had esteemed film critic Roger Ebert be still alive today, he would probably give this review of the blog four stars (insert cheeky grin here).

Next week, we will keep on the month long theme of Brazilian Romance, because–that is the CD I will be reviewing!  How clever of me, huh?

Enjoy your weekend.


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