This composition written by Elmer Bernstein is the theme 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.
Elmer Bernstein Recordings
Theme from Katie Elder (Elmer Bernstein)
Columbia, 4-43357, RZSP 72628 (US promo 45)
Conductor – Elmer Bernstein
(This version is the B-Side of the Ernie Sheldon/Elmer Bernstein recording of Sons of Katie Elder)