Monday, March 7, 2016
Chart Song Cinema: Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
The character of Nicholas, reminding one of Mike Brady, drew sympathy as a man whose entire worldview focused on his "too beautiful to last" immediate family. For the mid-sixties Von Trapps, such a devotion led toward gorgeous vistas. For the early-seventies Romanovs, it led toward getting shot in a cellar.
Engelbert Humperdinck - "Too Beautiful to Last" (Billboard #86, entered 4/29/72). Written by Paul Francis Webster and Richard Rodney Bennett. Produced by Gordon Mills. 45: "Too Beautiful to Last"/"A Hundred Times a Day" (Parrot 1971). LP: In Time (Parrot).
Engelbert Humperdinck's dynamic voice singing Paul Francis Webster's lyrics for the Richard Rodney Bennett theme music moviegoers had heard throughout the three-hour Nicholas and Alexandra epic resulted in a vintage dollop of early seventies schlager. (The single climbed up to #14 on the UK singles chart.)
Engelbert Humperdinck - "Too Beautiful to Last"