Ennio Morricone – 100 Di Questi Giorni
Although I was devastated to learn that the Italian soundtrack maestro had to cancel last month’s appearance at the Hollywood Bowl (what would have been his first), the man has given us plenty to savor without his physical presence. What a cinematic music legacy. He’s in my Pantheon of film composers, next to John Barry, Bernard Hermann, Akira Ifukube, John Williams, Nino Rota, Jerry Goldsmith and Phillip Glass.
In honor of his 81st birthday, what better way to celebrate his eclectic output than this archetypal groovy Morricone theme to Mario Bava’s DANGER: DIABOLIK (1967), one of the great comic-book pop-art movies of the decade, starring my pal, John Phillip Law. I was once talking to John about the film and told him in awe, “You’re one of the few people on the planet who Ennio Morricone wrote a theme song for.” John just laughed in his booming Diabolik voice…Salud Maestro!