Favoriting Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins: Playlist from August 11, 2015 Favoriting

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Favoriting August 11, 2015: The Many, Many Themes of Ron Grainer
Morricone Island remembers Australian-born film and television composer Ron Grainer (1922-1981) on what would have been his 93rd birthday. Perhaps most well known as the composer of the Doctor Who Theme (with Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), Grainer's body of work is so much more. While a fixture on the British pop music scene in the early 60's, he composed for television (Maigret, The Prisoner, Steptoe & Son) and film (To Sir, With Love, The Omega Man). He also discovered The Eagles! No, not Glen Frey and Don Henley, but the Bristol-based instrumental quartet which he produced and used as studio musicians for a number of his television themes.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Images Approx. start time
Ron Grainer  Maigret Theme   Favoriting The Maigret Theme  Decca   
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Ron Grainer  Bistro   Favoriting The Maigret Theme  Decca   
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Ron Grainer  Midnight in Montmartre   Favoriting The Maigret Theme  Decca   
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Ron Grainer  Doctor Who Theme   Favoriting Doctor Who  BBC   
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Music behind DJ:
Ron Grainer 

A Touch of Velvet, A Sting Of Brass/Joe 90   Favoriting

The Ron Grainer Orchestra 

Casino Classics 

Bed 

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0:09:26 (Pop-up)
Ron Grainer  The Prisoner [Alternate Version]   Favoriting The Prisoner  Silva Screen   
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Ron Grainer  A Man in a Suitcase   Favoriting A Man in a Suitcase  Pye   
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Ron Grainer  Comedy Playhouse [Happy Joe]   Favoriting Comedy Playhouse  Pye   
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Ron Grainer  Detective   Favoriting Detective  RCA Victor   
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Ron Grainer, Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop  Doctor Who New Opening Theme   Favoriting Doctor Who - The Krotons  Silva Screen   
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Music behind DJ:
Ron 

Classical Lesson   Favoriting

To Sir With Love 

Fontana 

Bed 

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Ron Grainer  Exodus   Favoriting The Eagles Exodus  Pye   
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Valerie Mountain/The Eagles  Some People   Favoriting Some People  Pye   
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Georgie Fame  Dreams [Main Theme]   Favoriting In Search Of Gregory  VHS   
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Ron Grainer  Thackeray and Denham Box in Gym   Favoriting To Sir, With Love  Fontana   
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Ron Grainer  Theme from Tales of the Unexpected   Favoriting Tales of the Unexpected  Stet   
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Music behind DJ:
Ron Grainer 

Doctor Who Theme 1980   Favoriting

Doctor Who - The 50th Anniversary Collection 

Silva Screen 

Bed 

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Music behind DJ:
Ron Grainer 

On the Tumbril   Favoriting

The Omega Man 

Film Score Monthly 

Bed 

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Ron Grainer  Surprise Party   Favoriting The Omega Man  Film Score Monthly   
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Ron Grainer  Jumped by the Family   Favoriting The Omega Man  Film Score Monthly      0:51:15 (Pop-up)
Ron Grainer  Matthias the Victor   Favoriting The Omega Man  Film Score Monthly   
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Music behind DJ:
Ron Grainer 

Doctor Who 1986   Favoriting

Doctor Who - The 50th Anniversary Collection 

Silva Screen 

Bed 

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Listener comments!

  7:02pm
JakeGould:

Boy! You had better play that “Dr. Who” theme tonight!
  7:04pm
Cooh John:

I wat to hear "The Prisoner."
Avatar 7:06pm
fleep:

Did not know Maigret was a stripper.
  7:07pm
V Priceless:

Woo! Hey!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm
dale:

sexy AND creepy!
  7:08pm
JakeGould:

@fleep: I was going to say that theme sounded a bit randy, but wanted to be a bit classy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm
Ike:

For many in the UK in the 60s, this theme was the first time they'd ever heard something made without "real" instruments (and supposedly a lot of it was made using modified static) which is why it creeped a lot of them the hell out.
  7:10pm
Cooh John:

Perhaps Maigret was undercover.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm
dale:

59? holy crap - i better start enjoying life before my ticket expires.
Avatar 7:12pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- just getting here: which was the one that sounded like a good Shadows track ??
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:12pm
melinda:

I love the Dr. Who theme.
  7:13pm
JakeGould:

@RevRabbiNov63: You mean like the Casavette’s “Shadows?”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm
Īke:

12. (Or 13 if you count John Hurt, but don't do that. He was just a guest Doctor.) Also it was cancelled in 1989 and wasn't brought back until 2005. Still the longest-running sci-fi series.
  7:15pm
JakeGould:

The Prisoner!!! YES!
  7:15pm
V Priceless:

Cool!
Avatar 7:15pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I mean w/ guitar like Hank Marvin Shadows - or I think I do...
Dr. Who & I began the same month - the show's premiere reportedly 1st thing on BBC after JFK assassination coverage.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm
Mike East:

I made a friend on the train a couple weeks ago because of my Morricone Island Teeshirt. He mistook it for a Morricone Youth tee, which I explained is the same guy, but a different thing...though kinda the same. Had a good discussion about radio the rest of the train ride.
  7:18pm
JakeGould:

@RevRabbi1163: Seems a bit like a mixup of info to create a legend like that. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Dr. Who first aired November 23, 1963. Dr. Who probably just aired aired after normal news coverage.
  7:18pm
Cooh John:

Thanks for the alternate version of "The Prisoner."
Avatar 7:23pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@Jake - same dif?
Ron Granier is the stuff.
  7:25pm
JakeGould:

@RevRabbi1163: Well, it’s not like, “U.S. President John F. Kennedy was shot… And now, Dr. Who here on the BBC!” 24 hours makes all the difference.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:25pm
melinda:

More Dr. Who! Yeah!
Avatar 7:27pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- the coverage may have been total - or, just next day. Aldous Huxley & C.S. Lewis died that day also, & 'With the Beatles' was released too.
  7:27pm
Julie:

Joe is still doing that??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:28pm
Īke:

@Jake & @RRN63, Wiki says, "The BBC believed that many viewers had missed this introduction to a new series due to the coverage of the assassination as well as a series of power blackouts across the country, and they broadcast it again on 30 November 1963, just before episode two." (Some other sources say the blackouts were the bigger issue.) There was also a rumor that DW was one of the first regularly-scheduled things to air after continuous news coverage but I'm not sure about that one.
Avatar 7:30pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Cheers Ike. Lee Oswald was a fan too.
  7:32pm
V Priceless:

This is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm
Ike:

Wow, that alternate version of "The Prisoner" was great! I liked that better than the original version.
  7:33pm
JakeGould:

U.K. or the U.S.: “The Eagles” and “Eagles” just look like a bunch of dinks.
  7:40pm
JakeGould:

Yes! Tom Baker! The only Dr. Who worth anything!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm
Ike:

@Jake, pffft, stop baiting me.
  7:43pm
JakeGould:

Tom Baker’s look was inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec. Face!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm
Mike East:

but he wasn't the last man on earth...he found a community of survivors. I believe he sacrifices himself at the end to save them? I seem to remember him striking a jesus pose at the end.
  7:47pm
V Priceless:

Great flick! With the ever-creepy Anthony Zerbe!
  7:48pm
JakeGould:

@MikeEast: In the book he realizes that he is not being hunted, but rather he is the hunter. All of society had become these vampires, but he was the real monster to their new world.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm
Mike East:

@JakeGoule - Yeah, I remember hearing that. I gotta get to reading that one of these days, for sure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm
Mike East:

*Gould...excuse me
  7:51pm
JakeGoule:

@MikeEast: Yeah, in Hollywood everything is biblical and everything has to be redeemed. Part of the reason Hollywood stinks.
  7:52pm
Chris T.:

Is it ever really the Last Man On Earth?
  7:53pm
Cooh John:

Great show Devon. Sailing away from Morricone Island into the sunset....
  7:53pm
JakeGould:

@ChrisT.: I like how pretty much every “last man on Earth” story is a paranoid white guy who is “trapped” trying to survive among “savages”… Oh all of these savages who know not of this white guy and his desire to bring white guy’s society back from the rubble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm
Mike East:

@Chris T - good point. The only one that comes to mind is that Burgess Meredith Twilight Zone episode
  7:56pm
JakeGould:

@MikeEast: The last thoughts if the main character in “I Am Legend” as he faces execution—and faces who he is in this new world—is: “Full circle. A new terror born in death. A new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend.”
  7:57pm
JakeGould:

@MikeEast: Even Burgess Meredith in that Twilight Zone episode: All of these savages of the real world… All I want to do is read!
  7:58pm
Bklyn kid:

thanks for the broadcast! ill have to rewind in the archive to hear it all.
  7:59pm
JakeGould:

Thanks Devon!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm
Devon E. Levins:

Hey All! Chris T. was actually me (he was not logged out). Thanks for all the comments and feedback.
  7:59pm
bunnywhiskers:

Excellent show today~thanks!
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