Midnight Cowboy – The Electronic Concept Orchestra and Johnny Mathis

The Electronic Concept Orchestra were a trio who recorded Moog synthesiser versions of film and pop hits, comprising of jazz pianist and orchestrator Eddie Higgins, drummer and percussionist Morris Jennings and jazz guitarist Phil Upchurch – who in the mid sixties had been Chess records house guitarist and later played guitar on Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall album. Their cover of John Barry’s theme for John Schlesinger’s 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy is taken from Cinemoog, their third and final album released in 1970.

Only two versions of Midnight Cowboy exist with a vocal track, neither being used in the film, one recorded by the Ray Coniff Singers and the other by Johnny Mathis.

Fun Fact: Bob Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay had originally been written to serve as the theme song to Midnight Cowboy but Dylan failed to finish the track in time.

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