Star Wars (Main Title)

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"Star Wars (Main Title)"
Star Wars (Main Title) - John Williams.jpg
Single by John Williams
B-side"Cantina Band"
ReleasedJuly 1977
Format7" single
Recorded1977
GenreFilm score
Label20th Century Records
Songwriter(s)John Williams
John Williams singles chronology
"Main Title (Theme from Jaws)"
(1975)
"Star Wars (Main Title)"
(1977)
"Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
(1977)

"Star Wars (Main Title)" is a 1977 instrumental hit single composed and conducted by John Williams. It is the main musical theme of Star Wars. It was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The track became a hit in the United States (#10) and Canada (#13) during the fall of that year. The composition draws influence from Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score for the 1942 film “Kings Row".[1]

The B side featured the original movie score of Cantina Band.

"Star Wars (Main Title)" was the lesser of two hits featuring music from Star Wars. Meco's disco version of "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" reached number one concurrently with the chart run of Williams' original movie score version.

Charts[edit]

Patrick Gleeson cover[edit]

The Star Wars main title theme was covered by Patrick Gleeson a month after the release of the London Symphony Orchestra performance.[11] His version was released in France.

In popular culture[edit]

  • It is believed Paramount Television used that fanfare in 1986 to 2005 before it was renamed to CBS Paramount Television. However, this is false as it is actually the theme to Paramount's logo from around that time, the part that was used in the TV logo sounding strikingly similar to the Star Wars theme. [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ross, Alex (1 January 2016). "Listening to "Star Wars"". The New Yorker.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ RPM 100 Singles: October 8, 1977
  4. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 9/17/77". www.tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 11, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1977/Top 100 Songs of 1977". www.musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  10. ^ Billboard, December 24, 1977.
  11. ^ "Patrick Gleeson - Star Wars Theme". Discogs. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Paramount Television (1986)". YouTube. Retrieved 14 September 2017.

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