Saturday, August 09, 2008

It's been almost a week..

Why did no one tell me?

Lou Teicher, of Ferrante & Teicher, Popular Piano Duo of ’60s, Dies at 83

Lou Teicher, half of the piano duo Ferrante & Teicher, whose florid and sentimental versions of movie themes and love songs made them gods of easy listening and earned them wide popularity beginning in the 1960s, died on Sunday in Highlands, N.C. He was 83 and lived in Sarasota, Fla.

and I love this bit at the end...

It was in 1959 that the producer Don Costa moved from ABC Records to United Artists, taking Ferrante and Teicher with him. There the two capitalized on the record company’s affiliation with a movie company; Mr. Costa was being sent the scores from United Artists films, and when he received the theme from “The Apartment,” he brought it to the two pianists; it became their first big hit.

“All of a sudden,” said Mr. Smith, their manager, “they’d show up at some small theater, or a church or wherever they were supposed to play, and people would be lined up outside the doors to get in, and they’d be saying, ‘Are you going to play ‘The Apartment’?’ ” Mr. Smith added: “And they’d say, ‘No, we’re going to play Bach and Tchaikovsky.’ And the people would say, ‘But we came to hear ‘The Apartment!’ Literally overnight, they had to come up with a whole new two-hour program. They said, ‘People think we’re pop stars!’ ”

Here they are performing the theme from Exodus.

and for mom... Tonight from West Side Story.