Top Five Clint Eastwood Soundtracks

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Dr. John, Clint Eastwood and producer/director Bruce Ricker in a publicity photo for "Piano Blues," Eastwood's installment of PBS' 2003 series The Blues.
Today the one and only Clint Eastwood turns 81 years old, and he can still kick your ass. According to the Internet Movie Database, the octogenarian is currently in post-production of his next film, J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the late cross-dressing FBI director.

Because he has won every acting and directing award that matters, Eastwood's musical talents tend to get overlooked. But many of his characters who don't shoot first and ask questions later, and even a few who do like Frank Horrigan in In the Line of Fire, are as serious about music (especially jazz) as Eastwood himself, who has composed his own scores for recent works such as Mystic River, Changeling and Hereafter.

To say happy birthday, Rocks Off spent the afternoon combing through Eastwood's filmography on IMDB and Amazon. For this particular dead pool, we limited our choices to commercially released soundtracks of pop, jazz and country songs. Eastwood's fruitful associations with some of Hollywood's leading composers like Lalo Schifirin (Dirty Harry), Jerry Fielding (The Outlaw Josey Wales), Lennie Niehaus (Unforgiven) and his son Kyle (Letters From Iwo Jima) will have to wait until another birthday.

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5. Every Which Way But Loose (1978): The first of Eastwood's two movies co-starring Clyde the Orangutan, Every Which Way gets the nod over 1980 sequel Any Which Way You Can because it has a pair of five-star country classics apiece from Mel Tillis ("Coca-Cola Cowboy," "Send Me Down To Tucson") and Charlie Rich ("Behind Closed Doors," "When I Get Home"), plus Hank Thompson & the Brazos Valley Boys' "Six Pack To Go." And because Eastwood's WTF duet with Ray Charles, "Beers To You," isn't on it.


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4. The Bridges of Madison County (1995): Eastwood's adaptation of Robert James Waller's megaselling Iron-John-in-Iowa novel is dominated by the gentle, stardusted crooning of Dinah Washington ("Blue Gardenia," "I'll Close My Eyes") and Johnny Hartman ("It Was Almost Like a Song," "For All We Know"), making it an ideal backdrop for some mature Midwestern love in the afternoon.

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holla' at moy
holla' at moy

the Schifirin stuff is the best. and the Fielding work on The Enforcer kicks arse as well

Mookie von Zipper
Mookie von Zipper

how about "bird"?...  not top 5 worthy?... 

i trust your future article of eastwood associated soundtracks will include ennio morricone's "the good, the bad & the ugly"...

Ctomaselli
Ctomaselli

met clint eastwood at the two turtles bar in sausalito, 40 year ago. happy birthday mr. eastwood, not only was he gracious  but a true gentleman, itink you are an inspiration to all of your fans, wold love anautographed picture,  keep up the great movies!

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

Thought about Bird - seriously - but decided to limit it to soundtracks with songs. The instrumental/orchestral scores deserve their own blog.

Tparas7
Tparas7

Can you tell me where the Two Turtles was located

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