“Born Free” Performed by Roger Williams (1966) and Andy Williams (1966)

March 10, 2014


This Boomer knows the song “Born Free” very, very well and recalls singing it in Junior High Glee Club (of course there is no such thing as Junior High anymore, so for those of you who don’t know it was grades 7 and 8 between elementary and high school). I also recall that it was heard over and over again on my local AM radio station that I listened to on my transistor radio.

Even though I know the song very well I really do not recall ever seeing the British made film, but the trailer (posted above) has me interested,  so I will try to find it on my Netflix or Hulu account to screen asap.

This Roger Williams version of “Born Free” is the one I remember most.  It is from Williams’ top ten LP of the same name.

“Born Free” is a popular song with music by John Barry, and lyrics by Don Black. It was written for the 1966 film of the same name and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Lyricist Don Black managed British singer Matt Monro at the time, and he and Barry asked him to record the song for the film’s soundtrack. The producers of the film considered the song uncommercial, however, and deleted it from the print shown at its Royal Command premiere in London. When Monro, who attended the event, made Black aware of the edit, they lobbied the producers to restore it, citing the burgeoning commercial success of the song. Monro’s interpretation appeared over the closing credits in a shortened version recorded especially for the film, which enabled it to qualify for the Academy Award. Monro’s complete commercial recording was released on the film’s soundtrack album and became the singer’s signature tune for the remainder of his career. Source: WIKI

oscaroscargrammy-gold-iconIn addition to the 1966 Academy Award for Best Original Song (John Barry’s music and Don Black’s lyrics),  “Born Free” also won the 1966 Academy Award for Original Music Score (John Barry) and the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture (John Barry).

This is singer Andy Williams’ popular “Born Free” cover that I love as well.

“Born Free” Composed by John Barry & Don Black

Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart

Live free and beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star

Stay free where no walls divide you
You’re free as the roaring tide
So there’s no need to hide

Born free and life is worth living
But only worth living
‘Cause you’re born free

Stay free, where no walls divide you
You’re free as the roaring tide
So there’s no need to hide

Born free and life is worth living
But only worth living
‘Cause you’re born free

Source: MetroLyrics

 

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