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 Posted:   Nov 1, 2013 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   sheetmusicman   (Member)

Ennio Morricone's iconic score to Sergio Leone's classic ONCE UPON IN THE WEST featured the great instrumental theme, "Man with the Harmonica." Not content to leave greatness alone, lyrics by Bob Medhi were added (in French).

Singer Stephen Van Dorn bravely tackles the impossible: Cold sight-reading a fairly unsingable tune... in French (apologizes to anyone who actually speaks the language). Mike Farrell mans the piano.



ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (The Man with the Harmonica) French Lyrics by Bob Medhi


Here is a link to a checklist of Sheet Music from which this was chosen.
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=96853&forumID=1&archive=0

Hope you enjoy.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2013 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

That's probably no worse than those Italian singers who phonetically sang in English on the title themes for some of the spaghetti westerns. Sometimes you can only make out every other word.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Interesting. Wonder if anyone actually recorded it?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   JimWynorski   (Member)

This was recorded by a female french singer at the time and released on a single. She does it much better than this guy.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   JimWynorski   (Member)

This was recorded by a female french singer, Jacqueline Boyer, at the time (1970) and released on a single. She does it much better than the version above. Here's the info for those who might want to seek it out:

http://www.discogs.com/Jacqueline-Boyer-Il-Etait-Une-Fois-Dans-LOuest/release/4049860

If you scroll down on the page, you can hear both sides of the single.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

A melody like that needs a great voice to rarely pull it off.Good attempt though.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2013 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

That's nice. Never heard that before. Less raucous than the vocal to the Sixty Seconds to What? from For A Few Dollars More.

Thanks.

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2013 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

That was fun!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2013 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

A cold reading in French!

C'mon you've got to hand it to these guys. They are fearless. They did this as a lark and as far as I am concerned they won!

So far they seemed to have tackled some 35 titles in one session and there could be more!

Anyway mucho gratitude from over this corner of the board.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2013 - 2:56 AM   
 By:   sheetmusicman   (Member)

Thanks!

We are nothing if not prolific!

Glad you are enjoying.

 
 Posted:   Nov 6, 2013 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

Seriously, I really think Stephen van Dorn's spontaneous take on this demonstrates how this tune is indeed singable. I could almost hear the chorus accompanying him. With a few rehearsals (and maybe a little more practice in French), this vocalization could turn into a great recording.

 
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