Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the late 1960s, including ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the late 1960s, including ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’
This article marks Part 10 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1965 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“The Ballad of Cat Ballou” from “Cat Ballou

“The Sweetheart Tree” from “The Great Race

“The Shadow of Your Smile” from “The Sandpiper

“I Will Wait for You” from “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

“What’s New, Pussycat” from “What’s New, Pussycat”

Won: “The Shadow of Your Smile” from “The Sandpiper

Should’ve won: “The Ballad of Cat Ballou” from “Cat Ballou

On February 15, 1965, at the mere age of 45, Nat King Cole, unimpeachably one of the all-time great vocalists and jazz pianists, died of lung cancer. Cole tunes were nominated on three occasions at the Oscars – in 1950 (for
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