What’s it’s all about, Alfie.
Alfie is an excellent film from 1966 starring Michael Caine as a super cool cockney womanizer. Burt Bacharach insisted on writing and recording the theme song. He chose Cilla Black to sing it and organised a mammoth session at legendary Abbey Road studio in West London. He used the largest room to pack an entire philharmonic as well as backing vocalists and a full rhythm section with drum kit, bass, percussion etc… the works !
It took 32 takes to complete the song. Legend goes that it is Sir George Martin, who was behind the desk engineering the session, who decided that enough was enough and sent everybody home. The track was used to promote the film on radio as well as in the final tittle sequence. In the US the song was entirely rerecorded with Cher, but was not part of the film and was a minor hit. Since then the track was covered hundreds of times. My preferred cover being by Eivets Rednow, whose version I’ll feature soon.
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