We are deeply saddened by the passing of Burt Bacharach this past week. Burt gave the world the gift of The Blob theme song, which he wrote with lyricist Mack David. The song was recorded by The Five Blobs and became a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1958.
Producer Jack H. Harris noted in his memoir Father of the Blob, The Making of a Monster Smash and Other Hollywood Tales:
Sidney Herma, one of Paramount’s vice presidents, had been calling me to take a meeting so he could tell me about his wonderful idea to put a new title song in The Blob. I found time for him and learned that he had negotiated a deal to license The Purple People Eater by Sheb
Wolley to be our title song.
I was horrified. Sidney was a bright, enthusiastic gentleman. One of the hats he wore at Paramount was heading up their music company. We talked a while and I expressed my true feelings. He said, “You know, you’re right. If we’re going to do something, let’s do something original.”
Sidney introduced me to composer Mack David and his sidekick Burt Bacharach. Within a week, I was sitting with him, and the two songwriters played their new Blob theme. It just hit me and I spontaneously said, “Let’s go with it.” “It” sold over three million copies and was free radio advertisement for the movie every time the title song was played, which was frequently.
Bacharach, whose prolific songwriting career spanned decades, wrote songs for iconic movies including Casino Royale, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Alfie, What’s New Pussycat, Arthur, and Night Shift.
Thank you for all you've given us, Burt. You will always carry on your art and legacy through The Blob ❤️