Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Wand'rin' Star - Lee Marvin

"Wand'rin' Star was a UK number one single for Lee Marvin for three weeks in March 1970. Originally written by Alan J. Lerner (lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) for the stage musical Paint Your Wagon in 1951. When the film of the musical was made in 1969 Lee Marvin took the role of prospector Ben Rumson. (...) Despite the film being a box office flop, the soundtrack became a success. Orchestrated and arranged by Nelson Riddle, Marvin's version of the song "Wand'rin Star" becoming an unlikely number one single in the UK for him, famously keeping The Beatles at number two with their single Let It Be. Marvin never released a follow up single so is classed as a one hit wonder.

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