RARA-AVIS: RE: Thunder Road Theme

From: Dick Lochte ( dlock@ix.netcom.com)
Date: 03 Jan 2001

Bill, the song, which Mitchum wrote by the way, is available as an added cut on "Calypso Is Like So," a Scamp Records CD version of the old 1950s longplay of him singing songs of the Caribbean. In dialect, yet. It's a weirdly great album. He once told me that of all the movies he'd made,
"Thunder Road" was the only one where he'd had full control and he felt he'd screwed it up. The movie isn't exactly the "Citizen Kane" of bootleg flicks, but it has its moments.

Dick Lochte

> Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2001 09:59:09 -0600
> From: Bill Crider < abc@wt.net>
> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: James Atlee Phillips (fwd)
> Juri: Thanks for sending along that post about Phillips. One thing it
> reminded me of was the theme song from THUNDER ROAD. We've talked now and
> then about hardboiled music on this list, but no one (that I recall) ever
> mentioned "Thunder Road," sung by Robert Mitchum himself. It was a pretty
> big hit in my part of the world, and I can still remember most of
> the words
> ("There was thunder, thunder,/ over Thunder Road./The thunder was his
> engine/and white lightnin' was his load.")
> Bill Crider
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