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“THE HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS”
With a cast headed by Robert Wuhl, Tony Danza and (in alphabetical order), Fran Drescher, Moosie Drier, Leigh French, Randy Gornel, Gary Graham, Sandy Helberg, James Jeter, Stuart Pankin, P,R. Paul, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gailard Sartain, and Richard Schaal, “The Hollywood Knights,” an outrageous comedy) was written and directed by Floyd Mutrux. Richard. Lederer produced and William Tennant was executive producer for the “Polygram Pictures production released by Columbia pictures.
“THE HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS”
“The Hollywood Knights” soundtrack album, released by Casablanca Records, is a compilation. of some of the biggest all-time hits from one of the most joyous eras in American music — the 1960′.s. The soundtrack album is .a faithful representation of the musical stylings of that era. The motion picture is set in 1965..
The album also utilizes the talents of one of today’s top Casa-blanca recording acts, Brooklyn Dreams, who wrote and perform the title track. The perfect three-part harmony’ of Brooklyn Dreams (Bruce Sudano, Joe Esposito and Eddie Hokenson), is a welcome to a Sixties past and succeeds in capturing the enthusiasm as well as the intricacies of that period’s music. The tune “Hollywood Knights” was produced by Kenny Vance, an. ex-member of the very popular Sixties’ group Jay & The. Americans. The movie, score and soundtrack. album were impressively collated into one single work by Rick Eaker.
Eaker is a music historian and expert on period music and its application to films. Recently he was music consultant and coordinator on the hit films “American Hot Wax” and “Animal House.” The music speaks for the Sixties with each song a rock & roll standard: “He’s So Fine” and “One Fine Day” by The Chiffons are very typical of the “girl group sound” of that time, which led to the evocative music of Martha & The Vandellas, who contribute “Quicksand” and “Heatwave.” The “wicked” Wilson Pickett sings “In The Midnight Hour,” and “Hey Baby” by Bruce Channel features a blistering harmonica line by Delbert McClinton, a well-known pop artist today. The incomparable Ray Charles contributes “What’d I Say,” and The Four Seasons offer two of their best “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Rag Doll,” Instrumental virtuosity is displayed with “Wipe Out” by The Surfaris and “Pipeline” by The Chantay’s.
This album could be classified as a Sixties greatest hits package, but the “The Hollywood Knights” soundtrack is even better than that. All of the original recordings have been re-mastered with state-of-the-art equipment to produce true high fidelity.