“Theme From Exodus” Performed by Ferrante & Teicher and Eddie Harris (1961)

February 10, 2011


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.

Trivia #2

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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1 funkygog February 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I love this Song! Also the soundtrack song “Aimez-vous Brahms” from Ferrante & Teicher.
The version from Eddie Harris is very nice. Do you know this song from Andy Williams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CZ2R_YWXG0&feature=related
I am from german, I don’t have the rights for watching it :-(

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2 SonDan February 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I don’t recall hearing Andy’s version: thank you for the link funkygog. I am not surprised that Andy covered this song as did many artist in the early Sixties. With such a beautiful melody and the moving lyrics how could they not want to sing the 1960 Song of the Year :-) I remember hearing it all over the am radio during that time and hearing it being sung on TV on almost every variety show of that era..

BTW you are not missing anything in the YouTube Video. It is a vocal accompanied by some blurry video that is not Andy Williams performing the song.

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