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Playlist: Listen, my Oscars-following friends! ~ February 2017

February 21, 2017

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In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or have never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy this dozen (and one more) tunes, all of which can claim – yes, it’s true – to being recipients of the Academy Award for Best Original Song…

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CLICK on the song titles to hear them

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Cliff Edwards ~When You Wish Upon A Star (1940)¹

Nat King Cole ~ Mona Lisa (1950)²

Doris Day ~ Secret Love (1953)³

Frank Sinatra ~ High Hopes (1959)4

Dusty Springfield ~ Windmills Of Your Mind (1969)5

B. J. Thomas ~ Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head (1969)6

Isaac Hayes ~ Shaft (1973)7

Matt Monro ~ Born Free (1974)8

Jennifer Warnes ~ It Goes Like It Goes (1979)9

Irene Cara ~ Fame (1980)10

Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes ~ Up Where We Belong (1982)11

Berlin ~ Take My Breath Away (1986)12

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes ~ (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life (1987)13

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¹ As featured, of course, in Disney’s utterly timeless Pinocchio (1940)

² Originally from the film Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950)

³ From the soundtrack of the cinematic adaptation of the Broadway musical Calamity Jane (1953)

4 As featured in the Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson comedy A Hole In The Head (1959); Sinatra often performed the tune during the 1960 Presidential Election campaign of pal John F. Kennedy – with altered lyrics, obviously

5 Originally recorded by Noel Harrison (son of Rex) for the classic crime caper The Thomas Crown Affair (1968); this version is from the all-time classic album, Dusty In Memphis (1969)

6 Composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for, of course, the soundtrack of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

7 Written and performed by Hayes for the 1971 film of the same name; the chap introducing the funktastic legend is, a little bizarrely (?), Reverend Jesse Jackson

8 John Barry’s mellifluous pop masterpiece,  which originally featured in the movie of the same name (1966)

9 From the Sally Field-starring union-themed drama Norma Rae (1979)

10 As unmistakeably featured in the NYC stage school-set film of the same name (1980)

11 From the soundtrack of the classic romantic drama An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)

12 The Giorgio Moroder-penned chart-topper that featured, of course, in Top Gun (1986)

13 The third of three – count ’em, three! – Oscar-winning tunes sung by Ms Warnes and, naturally, from the soundtrack of the inimitable Dirty Dancing (1987); this performance was broadcast on Top Of The Pops in November ’87, during the first of the song’s two runs in the British charts – its second came in January ’91 following the film’s UK network TV premiere. 

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