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"Theme of Exodus" is a song with music by Ernest Gold, written for the 1960 film epic film on the founding of the modern State of Israel Exodus , based on the 1958 novel Exodus by Leon Uris. The film features an ensemble cast, and its celebrated soundtrack music was written by Ernest Gold who won both Best Soundtrack Album and Song of the Year at the 1961 Grammy Awards for the soundtrack and theme to Exodus respectively. It is the only instrumental song to ever receive that award. [1]

Following its initial film appearance, the theme has been recorded by many artists in both instrumental and vocal versions, and has also appeared in a number of subsequent films and television programs. The best-known cover version of the theme is an instrumental version. [2] This version was accompanied by The London Symphony Orchestra. [3] Bob Marley incorporated portions of the theme into his song "Exodus". [4]

An instrumental version of the song by Ferrante & Teicher made Number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in January 1961 [5] , Number 6 in the UK in April 1961 [6] and Number 2 on the Australian Kent Music Report charts also in April 1961 [7] . It reached Number 1 in New Zealand. [8]

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  2. "Theme of Exodus by Ernest Gold - Samples, Covers and Remixes". Retrieved 9 February 2019.
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  8. NZ Lever Hit Parade, 25 May 1961