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Favourite TV and Radio Themes
« on: May 14, 2020, 04:01:35 am »
We may have done it before, but since a lot of us might be watching or listening more now in isolation . . .

I have a large old-time radio collection and The Six Shooter is my favourite radio western, bar none. (Starred Jimmy Stewart as a laconic wanderer who helped folk along the way and never shot his gaudy pistol unless he absolutely had to. Lasted one year but should have lasted more.) It was written intelligently and sensitively and without about ninety percent of the cliches that helped devolve Westerns.

The show's theme music was Charles Williams's "Highland Lament." And I've just found the 1945 recording that the producers of The Six Shooter used for its theme, so I thought it'd be a nice way to open the new thread . . . if there was a more perfect piece of music evoking lonely wandering around old West I haven't heard it yet. It's Williams himself conducting the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra . . .


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Re: Favourite TV and Radio Themes
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2020, 08:16:46 am »
Ok, I will play... The Walton's Theme song (it went through several variations over the years).

But they all were good... I like the trumpet play at the end of this ....


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Re: Favourite TV and Radio Themes
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2020, 04:20:48 pm »
There were eight million stories in the naked city . . . and Nelson Riddle did the best arrangement of its theme . . .


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. . . not to mention writing and recording one of the great television themes . . .


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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2020, 04:23:23 pm »

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That's one of the great TV themes of all time . . .

. . . but that wasn't my favourite song on that album . . .


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Re: Favourite TV and Radio Themes
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2020, 04:42:32 pm »
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2020, 04:43:34 pm »
Peter Gunn and Perry Mason.

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Back in the late 1970s, the Tubes included a medley of crime drama themes in their live performances including "Peter Gunn" and "Perry Mason" . . .


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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2020, 05:20:09 pm »
OK, I have a rarity.  This is the Closing Credits theme for Buck Rogers in the 26th Century, vocal version. Only the first two episodes of the series had it, Season 1 Episode 3 forward had the instrumental version.


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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2020, 06:43:33 pm »

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For years, this was the theme music for New York CBS's afternoon movie showing The Early Show and, of course, The Late Show and The Late Late Show . . .


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Re: Favourite TV and Radio Themes
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2020, 06:58:06 pm »
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You are absolutely right! Was loads of fun to play in high school pep band. Still such a cool song!
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still, my soul will sing Your praise unending
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Re: Favourite TV and Radio Themes
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2020, 07:01:20 pm »
And if music from commercials is acceptable, I still think this is the best one . . .


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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2020, 07:12:07 pm »
Best version:


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I have a different version on iTunes (by The Ventures) with elongated percussion solos at the beginning and in the middle.  It’s probably my favorite. Seriously cool song.
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still, my soul will sing Your praise unending
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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2020, 07:13:13 pm »
Hands up to everyone who remembers this being used in a mid-1960s Diet Pepsi television commercial (Bob Crewe, the producer for the 4 Seasons and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels,  heard it in one of the spots and cut a version of it with his own ensemble for his own label---and had an unexpected smash with it . . .)


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Today's PC world, of course, would denounce it as sexist . . .

I remember first hearing it in 1967 and thinking at first that it was Herb Alpert's latest.
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Re: Favourite TV and Radio Themes
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2020, 07:18:27 pm »
Seriously cool song.
I suspect that every high school marching band director in the country agrees.

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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2020, 07:20:04 pm »
I have a different version on iTunes (by The Ventures) with elongated percussion solos at the beginning and in the middle.  It’s probably my favorite. Seriously cool song.
That's a good take on it too.

Now---do you remember when the bachelorettes were introduced to this song on The Dating Game . . .


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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2020, 07:24:15 pm »
That's a good take on it too.

Now---do you remember when the bachelorettes were introduced to this song on The Dating Game . . .


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I do remember that song. I actually listened to a lot of Herb Albert. My older brother was a trumpet player and he had a few of Herb’s albums. And I might have had a slight prepubescent crush on Herb.  :whistle:
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« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2020, 07:38:44 pm »
I do remember that song. I actually listened to a lot of Herb Albert. My older brother was a trumpet player and he had a few of Herb’s albums. And I might have had a slight prepubescent crush on Herb.  :whistle:
You may remember that, when a bachelor got to pick between three ladies on The Dating Game, this was their walk-in music . . .


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