musicology #220


12AngryMen #15 (alternativesoundtrack #3)

(The Marquees – Wyatt Earp)

end of the 12 angry road. the not guilty count is now 11-1. last man standing is Lee J Cobb whose personal vendetta against juveniles is obviously related to how he feels about his own son which, is not enough of a reason to send a teengaer to the ‘chair’ when all the evidence has been shot down in flames.

this last piece of the musicology pie is another from the OKeh label featuring a young drummer by the name of Marvin Pentz Gay whose recording career begun on this piece. signed to the label by Bo Diddley the record was a commercial failure so Bo introduced them to Rhythm& Blues legend Harvey Fuqua who incorporated them into his New Moonglows in 1957.

around 1958/9 Fuqua moved to Detroit, married Gwen Gordy, set up a couple of his own labels and when Berry Gordy convinced him to be an influential part of Motown introduced Marvin to the fold. and the rest, as they say, is history.

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4 thoughts on “musicology #220

  1. This “alternativesoundtrack” was the best so far if you don’t mind me saying so. Mind you, I bet it must have felt like a running a marathon… Am I right? And what a marathon!!!

    P.S.Nice touch of synchronization there with the first and last songs being Bo Diddley linked…. respect.

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  2. valued. marathon…youre not wrong there.
    strangely ALL the altrnative soundtracks have been, in some way, indicative of the life I find myself living. does art imitate life or does life imitate art?
    more questions to deliberate !!

    as for the synchronisation regarding Bo Diddley, I hadn’t noticed it so it wasn’t intentional, just the way ‘the cards fell’ although I’m sure Jung would have something to say on the subject.

    thanks for the support and welcome comments

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  3. listened to this piece of dialogue twice on the spin its such a powerful piece of acting by Lee J Cobb, made even better by the fact that he has the heart to admit he was wrong in his first judgment, which allows him to cry over his own son….I’m grateful for the opo to enjoy this film again, and the added bonus of fabulous music from the same year..as I’ve mentioned before I’m a big fan of thealternatives so I’m hoping we have the pleasure of another one soon! fanx.
    ps. re the art n life question….I think both apply!

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  4. marathons… synchronization… indicative… art… life/living… “cards falling”… Jung… dialogue… judgment… acting… cinema… alternatives… pleasure.

    Just random words. And yet…….. until.

    “so it is that some things are increased by being diminished, and others are diminished by being increased”.
    The Tao-te Chin. Chapter 42. 2nd. Book

    I did warn that I was embarking on a voyage of discovery…. looks like I’m still trying to find me sea-legs though… chuckle, chuckle!!

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