|Genres:||Dance Easy Listening|
|Tags:||disco star wars instrumental pop progressive meco|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Meco Monardo (29 November 1939, Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, USA) was a talented arranger who successfully moved into the pop field in the early 70s. He co-produced Gloria Gaynors Never Can Say Goodbye and Carl Douglas Doctors Orders before finding fame in his own right in 1977. Totally entranced by the Steven Spielberg film Star Wars, which he saw 11 times, Meco was convinced that he could take the theme into the charts. After hiring musicians and employing his own talents as trombonist and pianist, Meco watched with equal fascination as Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band effortlessly moved to number 1, outselling the official theme by the London Symphony Orchestra in the process. Thereafter, Meco became something of a specialist in movie themes, finding success with adaptations from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Wizard Of Oz, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.