1969 The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde – Quentin’s Theme
Charles Randolph Grean began work in the music business with an unusual job: he made copies of sheet music for big bands. He later began composing and producing music for Country artists in the forties. He also produced Nat King Cole’s recording of The Christmas Song in 1946.
Charles also tried his hand at songwriting. He wrote the novelty song The Thing. Phil Harris’ recording of the song topped the Hot 100 in 1950.
Charles was briefly married to singer Betty Johnson and produced her 1957 top ten hit I Dreamed.
Jim Reeves reached #2 on the Hot 100 in 1960 with his recording of He’ll Have To Go. Charles wrote an answer song that Jeanne Black released as a single. Her recording of He’ll Have To Stay reached #4 on the Hot 100 a few months later.
Charles produced an album for the Mills Brothers. They released the single Cab Driver from their Fortuosity album, and it became their last top forty single in 1968.
Charles also wrote and produced a number of records for Leonard Nimoy in the late sixties.
Charles wrote or co-wrote sixteen tunes for the soundtrack of the television show Dark Shadows. Quentin’s Theme was popular enough to merit a new recording by his orchestra, The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde. They released it as a single that peaked at #13 on the Hot 100. It also reached #3 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart.
Cobert received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Theme for his work on Dark Shadows, but the award that year went to John Barry’s score for Midnight Cowboy.
Charles had five more singles reach the top forty on the AC chart, but never again found his way onto the Hot 100. His last chart appearance was a disco version of the Star Trek theme song, which reached #9 on the AC chart in 1976.
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