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Matt Monro - On Days Like These (The Italian Job,1969)

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Uploaded on Feb 23, 2012

The opening scene for the film "The Italian Job" (1969) featured Monro singing "On Days Like These".
Music by Quincy Jones and lyrics by Don Black.

Matt Monro (1 December 1930 -- 7 February 1985) was an English singer who became one of the most popular entertainers on the international music scene during the 1960's.

The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson.
It's soundtrack was composed by Quincy Jones.

Quincy Jones (better-known for his production of several Michael Jackson records, and has worked with stars such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald) was handed the task of producing the music score for The Italian Job as director Peter Collinson wanted to give the pennyless musician a chance.

Apparently Quincy had no job, no money and he and his wife were expecting a baby, but he was talented. So producer Michael Deeley brought Quincy and his family over to England and set then up in a flat in Marble Arch and was commissioned hired.

The production team were worried about the last few minutes of the film as the editing was a little choppy and Quincy was credited in saving the film by creating a music score that pulled it all together.
Highly regarded lyricist Don Black wrote the lyrics for the two vocal tracks on the score - On Days Like These and Get a Bloomin' Move On. Matt Monroe sang "On Days Like These" as he was working with Don Black at the time.

This magnificent opening scene of the film was shot with star of Italian cinema, Rossano Brazzi, at the wheel of a Lamborghini Miura which, probably, was hired from or supplied by the factory to shoot this sequence.

The Lamborghini Miura made its first appearance at the 1965 Turin Motor Show when mid-engined road cars were nearly unheard of and it caused something of a sensation. The version used in the film is the first version, the P400 which was produced from 1966-69.

Lyrics On days like these




Questi giorni quando vieni il belle sole
la la la la la-la-la-la la la la la

On days like these when skies are blue and fields are green
I look around and think about what might have been
And then I hear sweet music float around my head
As I recall the many things we left unsaid
It's on days like these that I remember
Singing songs and drinking wine
While your eyes played games with mine

On days like these I wonder what became of you
Maybe today you are singing songs with someone new
I'd like to think you're walking by those willow trees
Remembering the love we knew on days like these
It's on days like these that I remember
Singing songs and drinking wine
While your eyes played games with mine

On days like these I wonder what became of you
Maybe today you are singing songs with someone new

Questi giorni quando vieni il belle sole
la la la la la-la-la-la ....

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