The Italian Job OST
Quincy Jones was handed the task of producing the music score for The Italian Job as director Peter Collinson wanted to give the pennyless musician a chance. Apparently Quincy had no job, no money and he and his wife were expecting a baby, but he was talented. So producer Michael Deeley brought Quincy and his family over to England and set them up in a flat in Marble Arch and was commissioned hired.
The production team were worried about the last few minutes of the film as the editing was a little choppy and Quincy was credited in saving the film by creating a music score that pulled it all together.
Highly regarded lyricist Don Black wrote the lyrics for the two vocal tracks on the score - 'On Days Like These' and 'Get a Bloomin' Move On'. Matt Monroe sang 'On Days Like These', as he was working with Don Black at the time.
'Get a Bloomin' Move On' (or 'The Self-Preservation Society' as it is sometimes referred to) originated from old East End tunes like 'My Old Man's a Dustman'. Quincy had a fascination with Cockney rhyming slang, he found it very funny and apparently created it for the amusement of the production team.