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Clint Eastwood picks out his favourite songs of all time

Hollywood’s most celebrated and decorated living legend, Clint Eastwood, broke out in the 1960s, offering a worthy alternative to John Wayne as one of America’s biggest western stars. Having established a rough outlaw image in the formative TV series Rawhide and transforming it into a global phenomenon throughout Sergio Leone’s legendary Dollars Trilogy, Eastwood consolidated his lofty position by portraying the iconic anti-hero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry movies.
Over his six decades basking in the Hollywood limelight, Eastwood branched out increasingly into production and direction, earning four Academy Awards and four Golden Globes for his duties behind the camera. Eastwood is still active at age 92, and released his most recent film, Cry Macho to rapturous applause.
In 2008, Eastwood appeared as a guest on the iTunes ‘Celebrity Playlist Podcast’ to play and discuss some of his favourite music. As a nonagenarian, it comes as no surprise that his list was predominantly comprised of jazz-pop.
“One of my favourite singers growing up was Johnny Hartman; I used his song, ‘I See Your Face Before Me’, in Bridges of Madison County some years ago,” Eastwood said, introducing his first track. “I think he also had a great album with John Coltrane, [John Coltrane &] Johnny Hartman, in which he does standards which are some of the best interpretations of standards you can hear.”
“One of my favourite albums was Joe Williams, A Man Ain’t Supposed to Cry, [in] which he also does standards, and he has such great songs as, ‘If I Should Lose You’ and ‘What’s New’,” 2 he added. “Some of these have been interpreted by pop singers of today, but most of them come from a long time back.”
Moving on, Eastwood revealed his passion for orchestral compositions. “My favourite big orchestra instrumental was the Woody Herman orchestra doing ‘Lemon Drop’, and also Woody Herman for instrumental ballad was ‘Early Autumn’, which featured Stan Getz and made Stan gets a big star, and he also did other wonderful interpretations of The Four Brothers and instrumentals of the ’40s.”
“Favourite female singers,” Eastwood pondered later in the episode. “Dinah Washington for ‘What Difference a Day Makes’. This was very popular years ago and is still a wonderful record. She was a fabulous interpreter of songs.
“After that, just about anything by Ella Fitzgerald. One of the greatest pop singers ever starting out with ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’, which was her first hit when she was a teenager and then she went on to be one of the greatest singers ever.”
Having played Fitzgerald’s ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’, Eastwood revealed who he regards as the finest singers of his generation. “Just about anything by Nat King Cole was wonderful. I feel lucky to have been raised in a generation that had King Cole and Frank Sinatra as our two most popular singers of that era. His unforgettable ‘Mona Lisa’. He could make anything – even ‘Nature Boy’ – any type of song he could interpret and make it great.”
Eastwood then discussed his love of novelty and comedy jazz artists, heaping most of his praise on Louis Jordan and picking out ‘Run Joe’ as his absolute favourite of the genre. “These records will still hold up today not only because they had great humour and great interpretation of humour, but they also are great instrumentally,” he said. “Louis Jordan was a great alto sax player; his band swung. It still swings today.”
Bringing us closer to the modern day, Eastwood played some of his favourite tracks from artists with whom he’s worked on movie soundtracks. Jamie Cullum and the South African band Overtone provided soundtracks for his movies Gran Torino and Invictus, respectively.
Elsewhere, Eastwood also revealed that he’s a huge fan of the contemporary jazz artist Diana Krall. “Diana Krall, who’s popular today, her interpretation of Midnight Sun, and ‘Why Should I Care?’ I happen to know the writer of that one [written by Linda Thompson and Clint Eastwood],” Eastwood revealed. “But anyway, ‘Midnight Sun’ – Johnny Mercer, one of the great, probably the greatest song lyricists ever, even to this day.”
See the full list of Clint Eastwood’s favourite songs below.
Clint Eastwood’s favourite songs of all time:

Johnny Hartman – ‘I See Your Face Before Me’
Joe Williams – ‘If I Should Lose You’
Joe Williams – ‘What’s New’
Woody Herman & His Orchestra – ‘Lemon Drop’
Woody Herman & His Orchestra – ‘Early Autumn’
Dinah Washington – ‘What Difference a Day Makes’
Ella Fitzgerald – ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’
Irene Kral – ‘Better Than Anything’
Irene Kral – ‘This Is Always’
Irene Kral – ‘It’s a Wonderful World’
Jimmy Durante – ‘September Song’
Nat King Cole – ‘Mona Lisa’
Nat King Cole – ‘Nature Boy’
Frank Sinatra – ‘Summer Wind’
Frank Sinatra – ‘Come Fly With Me’
Billy Ward and his Dominoes – ‘Sixty Minute Man’
Louis Jordan – ‘Nobody Here But Us Chickens’
Louis Jordan – ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry’
Louis Jordan – ‘Run Joe’
Louis Jordan – ‘Five Guys Named Moe’
Duke Ellington – ‘The the “A” Train’
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington – ‘I’m Just a Lucky So and So’
Erroll Garner – ‘Misty’
Diana Krall – ‘Midnight Sun’
Diana Krall – ‘Why Should I Care?’
Peggy Lee – ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’
Peggy Lee – ‘Fever’
Peggy Lee – ‘Is That All There Is?’
Jamie Cullum – ‘Grace Is Gone’ (written by Clint Eastwood)
Jamie Cullum – ‘Gran Torino’ (Gran Torino soundtrack)
Overtone and Yollandi Nortjie – ‘9000 Days’ (Invictus soundtrack)

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Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Reveals Her Favorite Advice He Gave Her

Alison Eastwood is an actress as well one of the daughters of the famed actor and director Clint Eastwood. Getting any type of advice from dear old Dad is a good thing. When it comes to her favorite piece that he gave her, you might think it was acting. She did get the acting bug, too, and did star in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. This advice must be about her career, right? Nope. It had to do with the always tough task of living life.

“I guess just not to take [life] too seriously,” Alison Eastwood tells Closer Weekly in an interview from 2019. “He never seemed to take anything too seriously. Maybe that’s not a good thing … I don’t know.” Yet she also would offer up a little more insight which she’s picked up from being around him. “He makes me laugh, I make him laugh,” Alison said. “That’s my favorite part about it. I think just having a lot of laughter, especially in our family, amongst ourselves. We’re all getting older.”

Clint Eastwood Isn’t A Big Fan Of His Birthday, Daughter Alison Says

She also says that Dad isn’t a big fan of his birthday. He would rather be doing something else, like working or playing golf, than celebrating his big day. Still, Clint Eastwood keeps on providing fans with film work as an actor and director. He’s achieved great success and to think he also has a classic TV connection. Of course, Clint does from his days playing Rowdy Yates on Rawhide.

Yet it is in the movies of Eastwood that has really made him a household name. Working in Europe would provide some foundational success thanks to the “Spaghetti Westerns” directed by Sergio Leone. He would play the “Man with No Name” in films like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. They all would lead Eastwood to then become an iconic police officer as Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. One time, he talked about A Fistful of Dollars possibly becoming an “absolute disaster.” What in the world does he mean by this? Eastwood told Roger Ebert years ago that the movie’s producers were arguing among themselves. The issue at hand was who would pay the bills to get the movie done. This leads him to say, “It could have been an absolute disaster. But, we got lucky with it. And it turned out Sergio Leone was for real.”

While his record of success and achievement is solid, sometimes Eastwood has to pick and choose between projects. When it came to playing Bruce Willis’ role John McClane in Die Hard, Eastwood did turn it down. Screenwriter Jeb Stuart would say that Eastwood said that he didn’t get the humor in the movie.

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Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Posts Rare Selfie, And Her Fans Are Absolutely Loving It

Earlier this week, Clint Eastwood’s daughter, Francesca Eastwood, took to her Instagram account to share a rare selfie.

The actress, who didn’t write a caption for the post, is seen with a pair of pink lens sunglasses while sitting near a plant. Follows of Clint Eastwood’s daughter gushed over the simple snapshot. “Extraordinarily Beautiful,” one follower declared. “You look gorgeous, so much like your mom,” another added.

Francesca is preparing to film her upcoming action-packed movie, “Live Fast, Die Laughing.” The film follows a broke taxi driver in Vietnam who thinks it is his lucky day when a mysterious offers him a fortune to drive her 1,000 miles from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. While on the road, the duo is pursued by mobsters and an assassin. Written by Timothy Linh Bui and Tim Tori and directed by Bui, Eastwood will star in the film alongside Harvey Keitel. 

Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Francesca Talks Starring in a Western Genre Film 

While promoting her 2016 film “Outlaws and Angels,” Francesca revealed to the Observer that she didn’t speak to her father, Clint Eastwood, about starring in the western genre film.

“I didn’t ask my parents for advice on this one,” Francesca stated about the role. But she did admit that she usually asks her parents but she wanted to do her own thing this time. “So I just ran and did it and talked with them about it later. I wanted to do one on my own, and it felt great.”

Frances Fisher, Francesca’s mother, was also part of the film. However, the duo did not appear in any scenes together. “This is the first time that I was on a film and then she came on after, rather than her being in a film and I join as her baby. I was probably the least experienced actor, and everyone was just so welcoming and really nurturing to that.”

While speaking about working in a desert, Francesca recalled, “It was pretty intense with the heat and the costumes, and we couldn’t wash them because they were supposed to look aged, so after about 3 weeks of being in the same layers it was just gross. It was fun and part of the experience though. Normally if you’re uncomfortable or too hot you go get a water and sit in a trailer, but that was so not the case with this one.”

Francesa went on to note that she and the rest of the cast just dealt with the production’s conditions. “No one really went to the trailers. We just hung out – no texting, Tweeting, Instagramming. I think it made it really special. There were no distractions.”

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Clint Eastwood: The Wild Story of How He Survived a Plane Crash Into Shark-Infested Waters

Although he is known for his successful Hollywood career, Clint Eastwood’s acting talents were almost never discovered.

According to War History Online, Clint Eastwood actually survived a plane crash in shark-infected waters. This was all during his time in the U.S. Army. The now actor was drafted into the military branch for the Korean War in 1951. He was then sent to Ford Ord, California to complete basic training and where he worked as a swim instructor as well as a bouncer at the NCO club.

While returning to California after a visit with his parents in Seattle, Clint Eastwood flew on a U.S. Navy AD-1Q Skyraider. The airliner was heading to Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California. However, during the flight, Eastwood and pilot Lt. Francis Coleman Anderson’s aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Point Reyes. The duo notably survived because they had access to a life raft and managed to swim in the cold water. 

Clint Eastwood spoke about the incident by stating, “In those days, you could wear your uniform and get a free flight. One the way back, they had one plane, a Douglas AD. Sort of a torpedo bomber of the World War II vintage, and I thought I’d hitch on that. Everything went wrong. Radios went out. Oxygen ran out. And finally, we ran out of fuel up around Point Reyes, California, and went into the ocean. So we went swimming.”

Clint Eastwood further recalled that the event took place in late October or early November and the water was very cold. “Found out many years later that it was a white shark breeding ground, but I’m glad I didn’t know that at the time or I’d have just died,” he noted. 

Clint Eastwood Responds to Whether or Not His Film ‘American Sniper’ Glorified War 

While speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Clint Eastwood discussed his 2014 film “American Sniper” and if the film actually glorifies war. 

“I think it’s nice for veterans,” Clint Eastwood explained. “Because it shows what they go through, and that life — and the wives and families of veterans. It has a great indication of the stresses they are under. And I think that all adds up to kind of an anti-war [message].”

When asked if he considers himself anti-war, Clint Eastwood answered, “Yes. I’ve done war movies because they’re always loaded with drama and conflict. But as far as actual participation … it’s one of those things that should be done with a lot of thought, if it needs to be done. Self-protection is a very important thing for nations, but I just don’t like to see it.”

Clint Eastwood went on to add that he wasn’t a big fan of going to war in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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