Al Caiola (September 7, 1920 - November 9, 2016) was a highly acclaimed and versatile guitarist, composer, and arranger who became famous as a recording artist during the early 1960s. With his orchestra, he had his biggest hits with his epic Top 40 instrumental renditions of the themes from the movie blockbuster, "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), and the long-running TV Western, "Bonanza" (1961).
Over his long career, Al Caiola recorded over fifty albums covering jazz, country, rock, and pop, as well as Italian, Hawaiian, and various other ethnic-themed genres. A prolific studio musician, he worked with such top artists as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra.
- The New York Times remembers Al Caiola.
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Al Caiola And His Orchestra
- Bonanza 1961
(This instrumental song later also became a hit for Johnny Cash (1962).)
- The Magnificent Seven 1960
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