Ennio Morricone died on Monday, 6th July at the age of 91. Ennio was an Italian composer, conductor and trumpet player, who wrote music for more than 500 motion pictures and television series. He gained most international fame for composing music for Westerns including “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “A Fistful of Dollars” and for “Once Upon a Time in the West” which became one of the best-selling scores worldwide. So, in tribute to Ennio, we’re featuring some of his film music in our first hour today.
And in our second hour, we have the fifth and final part in our series of Specials in which Brian talks to Mel Mayer, who started working for the Australian Record Company in 1952. This week, Mel has some interesting anecdotes about the actors and others who passed through the company’s doors, and talks about the transition from acetate to tape recording, copyright issues, the future of the recording industry, and archiving the sounds of the past.