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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday Tunes: Make My Day

Today on the Tuesday Tunes, I thought I'd celebrate the birthday of a Hollywood composer, musician, and singer who turned 81 today:
Clint Eastwood.
"Wha?"you may say. "Clint Eastwood? Oscar-winning director, tough guy actor, box office superstar, former mayor of Carmel, California? That Clint Eastwood?"
The very same.
"No way."
Exhibit A: A younger Clint Eastwood as the young lovelorn Pardner in the 1969 movie version of the Broadway musical Paint Your Wagon. Often times, musical numbers are cut in the transition from stage to screen in the interest of length and because Hollywood actors who were not always known for their singing were cast in place of the Broadway balladeers. In the case of Wagon, the movie bears very little resemblance to the stage musical at all, but about half of the songs are still there. While Jean Seberg was dubbed by Anita Gordon, both Eastwood and Lee Marvin did their own singing.

Sinatra he is not, but, for this movie, he didn't need to be.
Eastwood would also sing in the 1982 film, Honkytonk Man, which he directed and starred in with his son, Kyle.
Moving on to Exhibit B, I offer a short list of the movies for which director Eastwood also composed the score:
Mystic River (2003)
Hereafter (2010)
Changeling (2008)
Flags of our Fathers (2006)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Eastwood's last (as of this writing) turn as an actor had him returning both to his gruff, tough guy persona as well as to performing on the soundtrack. This time he co-wrote the title song with Jamie Cullum and Kyle Eastwood.

Video: Gran Torino OST - Original Theme Song na

Happy Birthday, Mr. Eastwood. Thank you for many years' worth of great moving pictures and music.

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