I was set to write this up for last week but I wanted to give a nice post to my sweetie Lucy. My poor hubby went to the vet to bring Lucy and, at the same time, to pick up Wallace's ashes. It was sad. Work has been a bit hectic with all the internet issues, office phone issues and not being informed about all the things I am meant to know about but, hopefully, that is all worked out now. I am hoping to start this new event every 3rd week of the month where I post an Oscar winning song, a song nominee and one that was not even nominated and see if you can guess which one is which. So, let's get groovin' baby because it is 1971 when Charlie Chaplin is finally accepted back to the States and gets a 10 minute standing ovation...cool.
1. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER SUNG BY SHIRLEY BASSEY-1971
This is the second time that Shirley Bassey sang a James Bond song, the first being "Goldfinger." I always liked her voice even though it almost sounds too powerful. What do I know but she does sound great for the last Bond film, starring Sean Connery that is produced by Albert "Cubby" Broccoli. He did do a later one but got into a lot of stink playing Bond that was not part of the brand. Anyway, this song was written by John Barry and it's pretty damn good.
2. THE AGE OF NOT BELIEVING SUNG BY ANGELA LANSBURY-1971
This was from the film, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" starring Angela Lansbury who sings this song to 2 kids (It is Disney so kids are in it) where she sings about how kids grow up and stop believing in things. I still like to believe there is a Santa Claus. This song was written by the brothers, Robert & Richard Sherman.
3. SHAFT SUNG BY ISAAC HAYES-1971
Isaac Hayes wrote this song and performed it to the movie of the same name. Can ya dig it? I'm about as cool as a white marshmellow to be honest so I laugh even when I write "groovy" or "dig it." This song became a huge hit as did the movie which was remade in 2000 but they still used the same song. One day I will have to see this movie.
So, which song won, which was nominated and which had neither?
Happy Wednesday, dear friend! Yessum, what a sad week you had dealing with the death of your beloved kitty Lucy while you were still mourning the loss of bow-wow Wallace. I choose to believe that my Toto is showing them around their new home at this very moment and that they are all safe, happy, young and healthy again.
I'm enjoying this monthly feature. I well remember songs #1 and #3 and had "Shaft" in my personal collection along with other songs by Isaac Hayes. I wish Shirley Bassey would have been tapped to sing the themes of all Bond films. Her powerful voice, more so than any other, conveys the key elements of the series, the excitement, suspense, spectacle, danger, violence and sex.
I will guess that song #2, "The Age Of Not Believing," was not nominated for an Oscar, even though it strikes me as the kind of song that wins those awards. (So, if it DID win, I can claim that my instincts were right all along.) Part of my rationale is that the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks was not as buzzworthy and iconic as the other two films in your post, and the winning song at the Academy Awards is often linked to a major movie. I will guess that "Diamonds" was the nominated song and that "Shaft" was the winning song. I remember Shaft and other black action heros emerging as a major box office attraction at the time, and it seems likely that the film won some awards that year.
Have a nice Wednesday, dear friend BB, and I'll be back tomorrow to join you in the balcony-- "At The Movies!"
Thank you Shady. I miss them very much. Work is going better, thank goodness. Shaft did win this year but it was the Bedknobs song that won while Diamonds was not even nominatedDelete
The winner was "Shaft," the nominated was "Diamonds are Forever," and "The Age of Not Believing" wasn't even nominated. Right?ReplyDelete
Partly right. Shaft did win but The Age was nominated while Diamonds wasn’t even nominatedDelete
Ah, 1971, the year I was born...ReplyDelete
I bet Shaft wasn't even nominated. I'll say the 2nd one won. (I have no idea.)
Shaft was the one song that won! The song from Bedknobs was nominated while Diamonds didn’t have eitherDelete
These are all great songs And good films they go with too, but these songs are really memorable.ReplyDelete
I’m glad you like all 3. Shaft won, the song sung by Angela was nominated while the Diamonds song got naddaDelete
Hi Birgit - I'm sorry for your losses ... but good to know the work is improving. I'm hopeless with music and the Oscars ... cheers HilaryReplyDelete