1964 was a spectacular year for film and television with both mediums delivering productions that 50 years on remain equally popular today. Iconic is a much misused word in the second decade of the 21st century but 1964 overflowed with style, creativity, trend-setting, originality, inspiration and inventiveness. In cinema, the opening credits to Goldfinger, Audrey Hepburn’s transformation from flower girl to ‘lady’ in My Fair Lady, the Esso garage in the snow of The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and the final warrior salute in Zulu. TV had its equals as well, the simplicity of Samantha’s nose twitch in Bewitched, no change half-a-century on from the original Match Of The Day by-line “the highlights of a top match in today’s football league programme” and the finger-clicking manic harpsichord introduction to The Addams Family.
But that’s just the visual side of things. 1964 was awash with musical gems on the big and small screen. The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack composed entirely of Lennon/McCartney songs, the genius of Robert and Richard Sherman’s songs for Mary Poppins and Henry Mancini’s laid back A Shot In The Dark theme. TV had Tony Hatch’s timeless theme to Crossroads, Jerry Goldsmith’s strident The Man From U.N.C.L.E music and Hoyt Curtin’s relentlessly jazzy theme for Jonny Quest.
This compilation brings together a rich tapestry of music from an era when every detail of a production was finely honed and the sound was not designed but artistically created by composers and writers and delivered by the finest musicians.
1964 In Film And TV Music is released on the 10th of November