Christmas connection with ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’.
With Christmas just around the corner, and with a viewing of ‘GBU’ on my cards for the coming week, I thought I’d share this wee nugget of ‘Spaghetti folklore’. To some of you, it may be old news, and to others it may be an eye-opener…
Firstly, I love Christmas; and, secondly, ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’ has been my No.1. Film, of all-time, since 1976. The 50th Anniversary viewing, this year, will be especially poignant.
And now for the Christmas connection…
Approx. half-way through the film, the P.O.W. camp scene (in which ‘Tuco’ is savagely beaten), features a now classic song called ‘The Story of a Soldier’; with, of course, music by 'Il Maestro, Ennio Morricone.
The lyrics for this haunting melody were provided by a British man, by the name of ‘Tommie Connor’. If you look at Morricone’s ‘credit’, at the beginning of the film, you will also see Tommie Connor’s name.
The following is taken from ‘Wikipedia’:
Thomas Patrick “Tommie” Connor (16 November 1904 – 28 November 1993) was an English songwriter, credited with several hit songs over his long career. Most notable among these was “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, which has been recorded by many artists and is among the most-played Christmas songs played on American radio. This was one of several non-religious Christmas songs that he wrote, others being “The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot” and “I’m Sending a Letter to Santa”.
He was born and raised in the West End of London to parents of Irish descent. He had five children of his own, born to his wife Catherine Connor (née McCarthy). He lived in London for most of his life interspersed with spells in parts of the US, namely Los Angeles and New York.
In the 1966 Western The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, he provided lyrics to “The Story of a Soldier”.
Hopefully, this will be news to a few of you…