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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Goldsmith pretty much gets credit for it in his score, but does anyone know who actually wrote this Spiritual? I love how the maestro totally incorporates it into is superb score. I will always love Sidney Poitier, the movie and the score!

Wonder why the soundtrack LP never said "Amen" adapted by Jerry Goldsmith?

Here's a fun 45 version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzFt78N0heQ

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 9:56 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Goldsmith pretty much gets credit for it in his score, but does anyone know who actually wrote this Spiritual? I love how the maestro totally incorporates it into is superb score. I will always love Sidney Poitier, the movie and the score!

Wonder why the soundtrack LP never said "Amen" adapted by Jerry Goldsmith?

Here's a fun 45 version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzFt78N0heQ


Words and music by Jester Hairston, who also sang it in the film.

http://www.akh.se/lyrics/amen.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 11:27 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Goldsmith pretty much gets credit for it in his score, but does anyone know who actually wrote this Spiritual? I love how the maestro totally incorporates it into is superb score. I will always love Sidney Poitier, the movie and the score!

Wonder why the soundtrack LP never said "Amen" adapted by Jerry Goldsmith?

Here's a fun 45 version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzFt78N0heQ


Words and music by Jester Hairston, who also sang it in the film.

He was also a choral director on dozens of films from THE LOST HORIZON to LAND OF THE PHARAOHS.

And a memorable actor as Brock Peter's father in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, the butler in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and singing "The Begat" in FINIAN'S RAINBOW.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Goldsmith pretty much gets credit for it in his score, but does anyone know who actually wrote this Spiritual? I love how the maestro totally incorporates it into is superb score. I will always love Sidney Poitier, the movie and the score!

Wonder why the soundtrack LP never said "Amen" adapted by Jerry Goldsmith?

Here's a fun 45 version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzFt78N0heQ

Words and music by Jester Hairston, who also sang it in the film.

He was also a choral director on dozens of films from THE LOST HORIZON to LAND OF THE PHARAOHS.

And a memorable actor as Brock Peter's father in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, the butler in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and singing "The Begat" in FINIAN'S RAINBOW.


If I recall correctly, the original Epic LP credited Hairston for "Amen" on the back cover, but only as "Vocalist." Would he not have to be given composer credit for the song if that LP were being released today?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4cFccKPrYk

I just have to slip in my favorite cue from this soundtrack. The things Goldsmith could do with the "AMEN" song were amazing. My favorite is at the 22.29 time where he combines his own theme with the "AMEN" theme. Sadly, it only lasts for about 40 seconds but those are grand seconds.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   jpteacher568   (Member)

Let's all give Jester Hairston his due. He also did the spirituals for THE FOXES OF HARROW which can be heard on the soundtrack with music by David Buttolph and Alfred Newman. (http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=4224)

http://youtu.be/37nQRpAhDjM

http://www.umass.edu/chronicle/archives/00/01-28/Hairston18.html

http://www.jesterhairston.org/

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

As you can infer from Morricone's post, Hairston was a long-time close associate of Dimitri Tiomkin. There is an extensive conversation with Hairston at the Tiomkin website. If memory serves, he also did some work with the vocal group, The Voices of Walter Schumann. Whenever I read or saw him interviewed, he always revealed himself to be a very spiritual man with a beautiful outlook on living, not unike the late Eubie Blake.

I don't have the LP handy, but I recall that, one way or another, I was always aware that Hairston was the "Amen" author. I, too, have always loved the film and the score from the first time I saw it in the theater, and (forgive me for mentioning this again) lest we forget, this was the very first Goldsmith soundtrack album. I treasure the memory of getting to shake Mr. Poitier's hand a few years ago and telling him how much the movie meant to me and, I dare say, the whole country back in those days.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Let's all give Jester Hairston his due. He also did the spirituals for THE FOXES OF HARROW which can be heard on the soundtrack with music by David Buttolph and Alfred Newman. (http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=4224)

http://youtu.be/37nQRpAhDjM

http://www.umass.edu/chronicle/archives/00/01-28/Hairston18.html

http://www.jesterhairston.org/


The umass article made an error by listing LILIES OF THE VALLEY as one of his credits.

 
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