Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: A Time For Us

THIS IS ANOTHER IN OUR OCCASIONAL OLDIE BLOGS IN 2019 FEATURING MUSIC FROM 50 YEARS AGO IN 1969.

One of the greatest musical talents of the 20th Century was, undoubtedly, Henry Mancini; composer, conductor, arranger extraordinaire, who just happened to also play the piano and flute. Mancini…

  • Scored 81 movies
  • Was nominated for 72 Grammy Awards
  • Won 20 Grammy Awards
  • Was nominated for 18 Academy Awards
  • Won four Oscars
  • Sold more than 30 million copies of his albums worldwide
  • Produced over 50 albums
  • Published over 500 of his compositions

Amazing numbers.

But Mancini only had one #1 hit single on the Billboard chart. In fact, he only had one Top Ten Single.

Was it:

Moon River

Peter Gunn

Days of Wine and Roses

No.

None of those.

In the summer of 1969, “Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet” by Mancini spent 4 straight weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and 12 straight weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

A time for us some day there’ll be
When chains are torn by courage born of a love that’s free
A time when dreams so long denied
Can flourish as we unveil the love we now must hide

A time for us at last to see
A life worthwhile for you and me

And with our love through tears and thorns
We will endure as we pass surely through every storm
A time for us some day there’ll be a new world
A world of shining hope for you and me

For you and me

And with our love through tears and thorns
We will endure as we pass surely through every storm
A time for us some day there’ll be a new world
A world of shining hope for you and me

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Mancini was good enough to knock The Beatles out of #1 where “Get Back” had spent 5 consecutive weeks in the top spot.

BONUS

During that same year of 1969 Mancini released a single of his version of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” It struggled to reach #87.

I doubt Mancini or RCA Records worried since music lovers purchased Mancini’s albums by the ton.

Please click for Mancini the Master.

This blog demonstrates the diversity, I’m talking the true definition of the word, not the political one, one of the music of 1969.

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