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Sons of Katie Elder, The

(Elmer Bernstein)

This song written by Elmer Bernstein is from the soundtrack of the 1965 movie of the same name with a cast that includes John Wayne, who made his return to movies after having a lung removed 4 months earlier but still insisting on doing his own stunts, Dean Martin, George Kennedy and Dennis Hopper.  The film concentrates on the four sons of Katie Elder who re-unite for their mother’s funeral and their respective relationships with the townsfolk.  The real life Katie Elder was the wife of the Doc Holliday who was a gunfighter at the OK corral.  The movie won the Bronze Wrangler Award for best Theatrical Motion Picture.

Sons of Katie Elder (Elmer Bernstein/Ernie Sheldon)
Columbia, 4-43357, RZSP 72631 (US 45)
Conductor –  Elmer Bernstein
Vocals – Ernie Sheldon