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(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance
by Gene Pitney
#aprilmusicchallenge Day 23: A song based on a book or a character in a book

I had a hard time finding a song for this one. I know this song based upon a cover by James Taylor from his 1985 album "That's Why I'm Here": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yBLXaNRX2I

However, I remember the 1962 original from oldies radio. It hit #4 in the US then, back when westerns were still popular. It didn't chart in the UK.

The song is based upon a short story written by Dorothy M. Johnson. It was written for inclusion in the film, but the recording couldn't be completed before the release of the movie of the same name, directed by John Ford and starring Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and Lee Marvin. It was left off the soundtrack and does not appear in the movie. However, it is mentioned at the very end of the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN0onE09-8c

The film is interesting in that it talks about the politics of statehood in the time of outlaws and gunfights. Its memorable line is: "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
It is remarkable how many legends of the west are now taken as fact.
1962 - Musicor - United States - From the album "Only Love Can Break a Heart"
Posted: 23rd April 2019
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