Aqua Marina

  • This is a love song addressed to a mermaid! Stingray was a futuristic children's TV series produced for British independent television; it ran from October 1964 to June 1965. The first series to be made with Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation, it featured an eponymous submarine, and a side character named Marina - which was actually modelled on Brigitte Bardot. Marina has a most alluring and uncharacteristic quality for a woman - she never speaks, although her thoughts are voiced by Sylvia Anderson. She is actually a slave of Titan who escapes and becomes a member of the crew, and by implication the lover of the vessel's captain, Troy Tempest.
  • Stingray was introduced by an instrumental theme which contains a one word lyric "Stingray", but was played out with "Aqua Marina", which was sung by Gary Miller. The song, which was the program's end theme, was composed by Barry Gray, who wrote much of the music for Gerry Anderson's TV series.
  • Although mermaids are traditionally beautiful, most are not as benign as Marina, as for example "Die Lorelei," or the Wishbone Ash version. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above

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