Sunday, August 23, 2009

Alfie the movie theme song that wasn't

I always thought that the Burt Bacharach song "Alfie," a big hit for Dionne Warwick was the theme song for the Michael Caine movie.

Turns out, I was wrong. The 1966 movie actually features a great jazz score, arranged by Oliver Nelson, and featuring the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

Bacharach was inspired by the movie to write the song "Alfie", which became became a top ten hit in the UK for Cilla Black. In the US version of the movie it appears over the end credits, sung by Cher. Bacharach and David won an Oscar for the song.

There's a trivia question or two in these facts.

Critics and viewers like the classic Caine version much more than the remake with Jude Law. I agree.

And, that's not even taking into account the vast superiority of the soundtrack.

Here's Sonny playing the real "Alfie's Theme" in 1973.






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