Syd Dale — “The Hell Raisers”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 6, 2023


816) Syd Dale — “The Hell Raisers”

The great British music library composer Syd Dale (see #395), an NFL films go-to, gives us a tune hell-raisin’ enough to be the theme of a 60’s sexploitation flick, Doris Wishman’s 1966 film Another Day. Another Man. Frank Fob2 tells us that:

A young couple move into an expensive new apartment after the husband gets a big pay raise. Unfortunately, he is soon stricken with a mysterious ailment and becomes bedridden. The wife, unable to find a job and with bills piling up, runs into a seedy pimp who suggests a way she may be able to make a lot of money in a short time.

As to Syd, IMDb informs us that:

Syd Dale was born . . . in York, England, UK. . . . [One] of his many production music pieces, the bongo drum and harpsichord-driven “Cuban Presto” (originally released on the 1966 KPM album Accent on Percussion), was used by WPIX (Channel 11) in New York City as the theme for its late-night movie show, The Channel 11 Film Festival, from the late 1960s to the 1980s. . . . His music is still used in productions today. For example, his “Beauty Parade” was used in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode “Spy Buddies” . . . . His music played an important role on TV, radio and advertising media of the 1960s and 1970s . . . . He was an English self-taught composer and arranger of funk, easy listening, and library music. His music . . . was composed for many television and radio projects. . . . [and] widely used by NFL Films over some four decades; his track “Artful Dodger” is given prominent use in such films as the official film recapping Super Bowl V. In 1967, he created a piece entitled Walk and Talk, which . . . appeared in the 1967 ABC television animated series Spider-Man along with many other Dale library tracks. . . . Dale started as an apprentice technician at Rowntree’s chocolate factory at 16. Soon big band music became his passion.

Here is the trailer:

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