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Not With My Wife, You Don't!/Any Wednesday (1966)
Music by George Duning, John Williams
Not With <i>My</i> Wife, You Don't!/Any Wednesday Not With <i>My</i> Wife, You Don't!/Any Wednesday Not With <i>My</i> Wife, You Don't!/Any Wednesday
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Price: $16.95
Limited #: N/A
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: March 2006
Catalog #: Vol. 9, No. 3
# of Discs: 1

This doubleheader CD presents digital premieres of two swinging sex comedy scores from 1966: Not With My Wife, You Don't! and Any Wednesday , as re-recorded for Warner Bros. Records.

Not With My Wife, You Don't! starred Tony Curtis, George C. Scott and Virna Lisi in a wacky love triangle involving two servicemen and an Italian beauty. The score by John "Johnny" Williams was one of several he composed for adult-oriented "screwball" comedies in the 1960s, three of them already released by FSM: John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!, Penelope and A Guide for the Married Man.

Williams's work on Not With My Wife, You Don't! is noteworthy for his collaboration with legendary lyricist and performer Johnny Mercer, with whom he wrote three songs: the upbeat "Big Beautiful Ball," romantic "My Inamorata," and goofball-pop "Not With My Wife, You Don't." The album, as was the custom for the day, features vocal and instrumental versions of the songs, selected score cues, and expanded versions of source music.

Although he was many years away from his worldwide fame, Williams's gifts for composition and cinema were more than evident on "light" fare such as this; his score is tuneful, diverse and imaginative in its symphonic and dance-band orchestrations.

Any Wednesday was based on a Broadway hit and starred Jane Fonda as a ditzy, heartsick mistress to an industrial tycoon played by Jason Robards. The score—very much of a piece with Not With My Wife, You Don't!—was composed by George Duning, an underrated composer with a gift for melody who was a contract composer at Columbia Pictures in the late 1950s (when Williams was the studio orchestra pianist).

This bargain doubleheader is long overdue for John Williams collectors, a rare release for aficionados of George Duning, and a charming delight for fans of the Henry Mancini/Neal Hefti school of "swinging sixties" comedy. The albums have been remixed and remastered from the 1/2" four-track masters for superb stereo sound quality.

George Duning Scores on FSM
About the Composer

George Duning (1908-2000) was a longtime contract composer at Columbia Pictures (From Here to Eternity, Picnic) who later did feature films as a freelancer (including several of the titles released by FSM) as well as a great amount of television (including Star Trek). A former bandleader for Kay Kyser, he was comfortable in jazz idioms and had a sensitive and melodic touch as a symphonic dramatist. FSM is one of the only labels to showcase his work, from action-adventure (The Devil at 4 O'Clock) to magical comedy (Bell, Book and Candle) to bluesy and lyrical (Toys in the Attic). IMDB

John Williams Scores on FSM
About the Composer

John Williams (b. 1932) is not only the composer of most of the biggest blockbusters of all time—including Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and many more, many of them directed by Steven Spielberg—but he has transcended film music to become the world's most famous living composer, and an American institution. His popular symphonic scores are so iconic that they often overshadow the fact that he has been equally proficient at sophisticated, adult fare (Schindler's List, Images) and had a successful career in composing (for television and often comedy features), arranging and performing well before he even met Steven Spielberg. FSM, like most labels, will release everything it can of Williams's music, and has concentrated (for reasons of availability) on his early years as "Johnny" Williams when he was doing sterling work on relatively little-known television and films—always with an amazing attention to melody and detail. In fact, his early works are fascinating for the ways in which they foreshadow his later, world-renowned efforts. IMDB

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
John T. Williams

Herman Clebanoff, Sam Freed, Jr., David Frisina, Irving Geller, Thelma Hanau (Beach), Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Irma W. Neumann

Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Robert Ostrowsky, Sanford Schonbach

Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, Eleanor Slatkin

Joseph Mondragon

Arthur Gleghorn, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang)

Gene Cipriano

Justin Gordon

Gene Cipriano, Charles Gentry, Justin Gordon, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), John Lowe, Ted Nash

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, William A. Hinshaw, Richard E. Perissi, Henry Sigismonti

Austin "Bud" Brisbois, Conte Candoli, W. Pete Candoli, Henry Jack Laubach

Michael J. Barone, Francis L. "Joe" Howard, Richard "Dick" Nash

John Bambridge, Jr.

Artie Kane, Ray Sherman

Artie Kane

Robert F. Bain, William Pitman, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Dorothy S. Remsen

Larry Bunker, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Jerry D. Williams, John F. Williams

James H. Bryant

Orchestra Manager:
Robert Helfer

Dan Franklin, Arthur W. Grier, Robert G. Hartley

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