The Grammy Awards are coming up, on February 8, and thinking about the awards show also started me thinking about western songs and songs in western movies. I recently saw Rio Bravo (1959), starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Ricky Nelson, and was struck by the performance of the song “My Rifle, My Pony, And Me.” In the scene, the main characters are gathered in the jail, and, for two minutes or so, the plot is abandoned, and we have a nice little duet with Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson singing the song. The only real motivation that I can imagine is that, if you have Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson in a movie together, how can you not have them sing?
I don’t know if this my favorite song performed in a western, but it’s a pleasant and memorable moment in the film.
So, in honor of the Grammy Awards, I thought I would ask, what is your favorite song from a western film and/or favorite western song (whether that song has been part of a film or not)?
You can use the comment link at the end of this entry to name your favorite western song (and say a little bit about it if you wish).