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Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra

Hugo Montenegro was a composer, arranger, and conductor who is primarily known for his movie work in the '60s, as well as his adaptations of film scores like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Montenegro began his musical career in the U.S. Navy, where he arranged scores for various military bands. After he left the Navy, he completed school at Manhattan College, then he began a professional music career.

Initially, Montenegro was the staff manager to André Kostelanetz at Columbia Records in New York, which eventually led to a job as a conductor/arranger for several of the label's artists, most notably Harry Belafonte. By the mid-'50s, Montenegro was making his own albums of easy listening orchestral music.

Montenegro moved to California in the mid-'60s and began to write film scores, starting with Otto Preminger's Hurry Sundown in 1967. That same year, he recorded a version of the theme to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, which was written by Ennio Morricone. Featuring an arrangement that relied on a chorus, electric instruments, and special effects, the single was a major hit, reaching number one in the U.K. and number two in the U.S.; internationally, it sold over a million copies. An album titled Music from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" & "A Fistful of Dollars" & "For a Few Dollars More" appeared shortly after the single's release, and it reached the Top Ten in the spring 1968. Later in the year, Montenegro released a single of the theme from Hang 'Em High, which was a lesser hit, as was the album of the same name.

Montenegro began to branch out after the Hang 'Em High album, recording a diverse array of albums, ranging from show tunes to electronic experiments. Throughout the late '60s and '70s, he continued to score films, including Lady in Cement, The Undefeated, The Wrecking Crew, Tomorrow, and The Ambushers, among many others. He continued composing and recording until his death in 1981. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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We can fight and We can win.
cspencer503
What are they saying in the lyrics of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly??
Hearing it at the movies was generally in mono. With HiFi it gives the soundtrack a character of it's own.
Spaghetti Westerns .....my x husband use to play this over and over of cores this described hissekf lol
seawild
Oh yea, the good stuff.
i love getting stoned and listening to this stuff. party on dudes!
gabesenior9
Good things do not gel old...they get better with time. This isone of those things: music by Hugo Montenegro
rertmr
A major oversight of this biography is that Montenegro composed the quite famous theme to I Dream of Jeannie.
wavery30
sailing to catalina, with parents sipping martinis.... . . . . . . .
ronguerrerox 5
Reminds me of my childhood. Spending weekends watching western movies with my Dad. (R.I.P.)
Richard you are so right!
r.p.sisilli2
Bring back the past with alls its Great Artist
Can not get enough of this kind of Great Music that I grew up with.
i'm 42 (female) and as a child my dad loved the clint eastwood movies where i heard the theme songs. The tape for The good, the bad and the ugly is now a part of our family heritage; I have two teenage boys who have downloaded hugo's music onto my mp3 player. The legacy for this music will live through them, too.
mortski9
Winterhalter is hangin' em high in the canadian sunset, unless this is a miscue.
jordan728
I am 48 years old at this time, may 2008. I remember my father searching for relaxing music at a store in Dominican Republic (summer 1975). "The good, the bad and the ugly" was among the the LONG PLAYS he bougth and believe me, it was the one I liked. Incredible.

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