Top Five Clint Eastwood Soundtracks

Today the one and only Clint Eastwood turns 81 years old, and he can still kick your ass. According to the Internet Movie Database, the octogenarian is currently in post-production of his next film, J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the late cross-dressing FBI director.

Because he has won every acting and directing award that matters, Eastwood's musical talents tend to get overlooked. But many of his characters who don't shoot first and ask questions later, and even a few who do like Frank Horrigan in In the Line of Fire, are as serious about music (especially jazz) as Eastwood himself, who has composed his own scores for recent works such as Mystic River, Changeling and Hereafter.

To say happy birthday, Rocks Off spent the afternoon combing through Eastwood's filmography on IMDB and Amazon. For this particular dead pool, we limited our choices to commercially released soundtracks of pop, jazz and country songs. Eastwood's fruitful associations with some of Hollywood's leading composers like Lalo Schifirin (Dirty Harry), Jerry Fielding (The Outlaw Josey Wales), Lennie Niehaus (Unforgiven) and his son Kyle (Letters From Iwo Jima) will have to wait until another birthday.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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