“Western Movies” Performed By The Olympics (1958)

October 7, 2010

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#7 R&B, #8 Pop

The  Los Angeles, California  group Walter Ward & the Challengers released a song that didn’t do to much. But they changed their name to The Olympics and released “Western Movies” in 1958 on the Demon Records label and had a hit.

This novelty  song, composed by Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith,  was just the first of many novelty and dance tunes that the group would release and have chart during their tenure.

“Peanut Butter” was one of my favorites, but I heard “Western Movies”  a lot being played by my Dad growing up and actually hadn’t thought about it until preparing this month’s posts.

If you, like me,  haven’t heard “Western Movies”  in a while, I hope it brings back great memories for you.

Personally I was really into the western movies. Poncho & Cisco and Roy Roger & Dale Evans and Zorro! were my favorites on a Saturday  morning, while my grandmother was partial to Hop-a-long Cassidy and Wagon Train (I think Grandma had a thing for Ward Bond in retrospect).  Of course we BOTH loved “Bonanza” and watched it together faithfully every week!

If you are hearing “Western Movies”  for the first time then I hope I have brought you something new to enjoy and add to your record collection along with some of The Olympics other great hits .

Musically Yours,


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