Morricone is well known in different aspects in music career. But one yhat is more interesting is his widespread influence. Morricone’s influence extends into the realm of pop music. Hugo Montenegro had a hit with a version of the main theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in both the United Kingdom and the United States. This was followed by his album of Morricone’s music in 1968.
Aside from his music having been sampled by everyone from rappers (Jay-Z) to electronic outfits (the Orb), Morricone wrote “Se Telefonando”, which became Italy’s fifth biggest-selling record of 1966 and has since been re-recorded by Françoise Hardy, among many others, and scored the strings for “Dear God, Please Help Me” on Morrissey’s 2006 “Ringleader of the Tormentors” album.
Morricone’s film music was also recorded by many artists. John Zorn recorded an album of Morricone’s music, The Big Gundown, with Keith Rosenberg in the mid-1980s. Lyricists and poets have helped convert some of his melodies into a songbook.
Morricone collaborated with world music artists, like Portuguese fado singer Dulce Pontes (in 2003 with Focus, an album praised by Paulo Coelho and where his songbook can be sampled) and virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma (in 2004), who both recorded albums of Morricone classics with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra and Morricone himself conducting.
In 1990 the American singer Amii Stewart, best known for the 1979 disco hit “Knock On Wood”, recorded a tribute album entitled Pearls – Amii Stewart Sings Ennio Morricone for the RCA label, including a selection of the composer’s best known songs. Since the mid-1980s Stewart resides in Italy, the Pearls album features Rome’s Philharmonic Orchestra and was co-produced by Morricone himself.
The 2003 Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2 makes extensive use of several Morricone pieces from several 1960s film scores. The 2009 film Inglourious Basterds also uses many Morricone pieces, as well as sharing “Il Mercenario (Ripresa)” with Kill Bill.
Metallica uses Morricone’s The Ecstasy of Gold as an intro at their concerts (shock jocks Opie and Anthony also use the song at the start of their XM Satellite Radio and CBS Radio shows.) The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra also played it on Metallica’s Symphonic rock album S&M. Ramones used the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as a concert intro. The theme from A Fistful Of Dollars is also used as a concert intro by The Mars Volta.
His influence extends from Michael Nyman to Anna Calvi to Muse. He even has his own tribute band, a large group which started in Australia, touring as The Spaghetti Western Orchestra.
Morricone is mentioned by Myles, a musician/scorer (played by Jack Black in The Holiday), as creator of magical sounds that formed a character as much as lines of music in his films. This played out in a scene at a video rental store between Black and actress Kate Winslet.
In 2007, the tribute album We All Love Ennio Morricone was released. It features performances by various artists, including Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Bruce Springsteen and Metallica.
On their 2008 album “Red of Tooth and Claw” the independent rock band, Murder by Death, composed and included a song as a theme/tribute to Morricone entitled “Theme (for Ennio Morricone)”.
British band Muse cites Morricone as an influence for the songs “City of Delusion”, “Hoodoo”, and “Knights of Cydonia” on their album Black Holes and Revelations.. The band has recently started playing the song “Man With A Harmonica” live played by Chris Wolstenholme, as an intro to “Knights of Cydonia”.
In January 2010, tenor Donald Braswell II released his album “We Fall and We Rise Again” on which he presented his tribute to Ennio Morricone with his original composition entitled “Ennio”.
The score for The Thing 2011 prequel film composed by Marco Beltrami was inspired and uses several elements from Morricone’s original soundtrack from the 1982 film of the same name.