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The Soulful Melody of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The mournful, chilling melody of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, is one of the most recognizable theme songs ever created. Once the movie opens and you hear that soulful whistling backed
by the firing of gunshots, you know you’re in
for something, and the music sets it up flawlessly.

Composed by Ennio Morricone, the melody is based on just two notes. Played on the flute for Clint Eastwood’s Blondie, the humble ocarina for Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef), and sung by human voices for Tuco (Eli Wallach), it gives you a true feeling for the characters you’re seeing on screen.

Arguably, the theme song is more famous than the
spaghetti Western itself. When it was released in 1966, the soundtrack
reached number four on the Billboard album charts. When Hugo Montenegro
recrafted it in 1968 with a slightly danceable Latin jazz groove via a
Moog synthesizer, it became a hit yet again. Over the years, everyone
from The Ramones to Wall of Voodoo have recorded the haunting number. And after being
used countless times in TV commercials, it’s now the theme music for a short video supporting presidential candidate Barack Obama on YouTube. (Obama, of course, plays the Eastwood character.)

Listen for it when The Good The Bad and The Ugly airs Saturday, April 12 at 8PM | 7C. For a complete schedule, click here.

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