Song of the Day: Georgie Fame, “The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde”

Notorious bank robber Bonnie Parker, who with her partner Clyde Barrow and their gang robbed and murdered their way through the central United States during the Great Depression in the early 1930’s, was born on this day in 1910. She was only 23 years old when she and Barrow (who was 25) were ambushed and killed in Bienville Parish, Louisiana by a posse consisting of lawmen from Texas and Louisiana. Interest in the pair spiked in 1967 when Arthur Penn directed the film Bonnie And Clyde starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. "The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde" was written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callendar, and Georgie Fame recorded it after seeing the movie. It was released in December 1967 and reached #7 in the US, #5 in Autralia, and #1 in Canada and the UK.

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