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The Fastest Guitar Alive is a 1967 American musical comedy film directed by Michael D. Moore and starring singer Roy Orbison in his only starring role as an actor. A musical western, the story is set near the end of the American Civil War, with Orbison portraying a Southern spy with a bullet-shooting guitar given the task of robbing gold bullion from the United States Mint in San Francisco in order to help finance the Confederacy's war effort.
The film features Orbison performing seven original songs which appeared on his 1967 MGM record album of the same name. His song "There Won't Be Many Coming Home" is featured in the 2015 western film The Hateful Eight.
The fastest guitar alive trailer 1967
Roy Orbison — Johnny Banner
Sammy Jackson — Steve Menlo
Maggie Pierce — Flo
Joan Freeman — Sue
Lyle Bettger — Charlie
John Doucette — Marshal Max Cooper
Patricia Donahue — Stella DeWitt
Ben Cooper — Deputy Rink
Ben Lessy — Indian Chief
Douglas Kennedy — Sheriff Joe Stedman
Iron Eyes Cody — 1st Indian
Sam the Sham — 1st Expressman
Filming began September 1966.
The Fastest Guitar Alive is the soundtrack title for the 331⁄3 record album from MGM Records released in June 1967. Its single "There Won't be Many Coming Home" reached #18 in the UK and entered the Australian chart at its highest position of #32 before slipping down the chart.
All songs written by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees
"Medicine Man, Medicine Man"
"The Fastest Guitar Alive"
"Good Time Party"
"There Won't Be Many Coming Home"
The track, "Rollin' On", was covered on the 331⁄3 record album Famous Western Film Melodies by the Prague Radio Dance Orchestra - ARTIA SUPRAPHON 1 13 1788.