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Robert Mitchum


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One of the lesser known aspects of actor Robert Mitchum’s career was his forays into music. His voice had long been used instead of the professional singers when characters portrayed by Mitchum sang in his films. Notable productions featuring Mitchum’s own singing voice included Rachel and the Stranger (1948), River of No Return (1954) and The Night of the Hunter (1955). After hearing traditional calypso music and meeting artists such as Mighty Sparrow and Lord Invader while filming Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison in the Caribbean island of Tobago, he recorded Calypso - Is Like So… in March of 1957. On the album, released through Capitol Records, he emulated the calypso sound and style, even adopting the style’s unique pronunciations and slang. A year later he recorded a song he had written for the film Thunder Road, titled “The Ballad of Thunder Road.” The country-styled song became a modest hit for Mitchum, reaching #69 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. The song was included as a bonus track on a successful reissue of Calypso. . . and helped market the film to a wider audience.

Though Mitchum continued to use his singing voice in his film work, he waited until 1967 to record his follow-up record, That Man, Robert Mitchum, Sings.


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  • consommateur

    Cool beans bob

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • kate2121968

    I love Mitchum very very much!!!

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Cherrylake

    v One of the reasons Mitchum did a calypso album was to establish the legal positions of those songs, because singers had long been recording them for years without paying the original writers. He's also a very fine calypsonian. Many of the best Trinidadian musicians were performing on that album.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • suisita

    an US american actor is not necessarily a good calypsonian. I hope the originators of these wonderful songs got a fat check for this....

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
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  • da4cu4

    You don't get actors like that anymore.

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Marcioivam20105

    The Man with eyes full of holy smoke.Great actor, cinema gold`s.

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Chiaroscurist

    Baby, I don't care!

    24 Feb 2010 Reply
  • devilmaylaugh

    I this guys work :)

    2 Jul 2009 Reply
  • _meandthemajor

    I love this guy !

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Airwalker1990

    His Sunny cover is the best!

    17 May 2008 Reply
  • Divagando

    Take me down to lover's row is a great song and of course my triste realidad.

    24 Feb 2008 Reply
  • iconoplasta

    I really really really hate people who tag everything as emo. Die in hell!! Goddammit!

    1 Feb 2008 Reply
  • mantooth

    Fatboy Slim has included From A Logical Point Of View on his new LateNightTales compilation. Thanks to him I now realize that Bob was more than just a great actor!

    1 Oct 2007 Reply
  • azfad

    the 'calypso is like so' album is a gem. check it out - great fun.

    31 Jul 2007 Reply

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