Paul Whiteman and the Ambassador Orchestra, recently relocated to NYC from San Francisco, record what will become, when released in November, the first million-selling record, ‘Whispering‘ backed with ‘Japanese Sandman’ (Victor 18690). Whispering
Whiteman (who had nearly as many hits as Bing Crosby(*)) called Sandman (written by Richard Whiting/Raymond Egan, lyrics) ‘one of the two greatest dance melodies ever composed.’ Sandman
It stars Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Riley, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Wolfman Jack, many more. A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. Wolfman Jack clip The film is nominated for 5 Oscars, wins 2 Golden Globes.
The feeling of the early rock era is nicely portrayed. The 41-track soundtrack album (US#10) is extremely popular, certified triple platinum. Licensing so many tracks was difficult, with the result that Elvis is missing.
The first cut of the film was 210 minutes; the released cut is 112. Where’s the rest?
It reaches UK#4 and in 1997 is named one of the 25 Best Dance Albums Ever by Q magazine. 1997 also sees the release of UK#1 sci-fi film Event Horizon, for which Orbital did their first soundtrack album. Their next 3 studio albums make the UK top-20.