A musical child prodigy born and raised in and of a musical family in Austria, composer Ernest Gold and his family arrived in New York in 1938 after fleeing Europe … and Hitler.
Director Otto Preminger hired Gold to compose the music for his Oscar winning film “Exodus” based on the Leon Uris novel of the same name about the founding of the State of Israel.The “Theme From Exodus” won Gold the 1960 Grammy Award for Song of The Year.
Ferrante & Teicher‘s (Arthur Ferrante and Louis Teicher), a very popular piano duo in the Sixties, biggest hit was their rendition of “Theme From Exodus” which charted #2 Pop, #6 R&B in 1961.
Jazz saxophonist Eddie Harris als0 had a hit arrangement of “Theme From Exodus” in 1961 that charted a respectable #16 R&B and #36 Pop.
Trivia #1 Ernest Gold’s son, Andrew Gold, was a pop musician that you may be aware of. His composition and performance “Lonely Boy” charted #7 pop in 1977. The following year his composition and recording of “Thank You For Being a Friend” peaked the Pop charts at #25 and most notably became the TV theme song for “The Golden Girls” sitcom.
Many critics lambasted Harris for his commercial success, overlooking his very real talent; for one, Harris played so sweetly and smoothly in the upper register of his horn that many listeners assumed he was playing an alto, or even a soprano sax. Stung by the criticism, Harris long refused to play “Exodus” in concert. (Source: Eddie Harris Bio By Steve Huey)
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