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Thread #138720   Message #3176970
Posted By: John on the Sunset Coast
27-Jun-11 - 12:00 AM
Thread Name: Songs that outshine their movies
Subject: RE: Songs that outshine their movies
"Dust"--Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers. Believe It or Not this one nominated for the Oscar@ for best song of 1938, in Under Western Skies.

Doug beat me to "Unchained Melody", a monster song for Al Hibler and Roy Hamilton contemporaneously with the hardly seen film "Unchained". There is irony here, folks. Johnny Johnston, a big band singer of the 1940s, and a sometime actor in musical film, played the second lead in this prison drama. He was asked to sing the title song, but wanting to establish as a dramatic actor, he declined. Bad career choice! Next stop, a Friday night bowling show, "Make That Spare" or some such, BTW the star of the film was Elroy 'Crazy Legs' Hirsh, NFL Hall of Fame receiver for the then LA Rams. Wisely gave up acting to become AD at U of Wisconsin, his alma mommy.