My wife and I were talking about TV theme songs the other day and we named a bunch of them that were very good.
The Rockford Files
Welcome Back, Kotter
Sanford and Son
But we agreed that the best was the theme of Peter Gunn.
Not sure about my favourite (one’ll come to me when I’m not thinking about it) One that’s fresh on my mind because we were listening to a BBC Radio 4 programme a day or two ago about the series…the various iterations of the Dr. Who theme.
I remember watching the very first episode with William Hartnell as The Doctor when I was about 11. Black and white, fixed camera angle, flimsy set (set a coffee cup down too hard and the whole tardis shook) So much more plausible back then.
Theme from Taxi – Angie - by Bob James – great tune, great Fender Rhodes
closing credits for WKRP In Cincinnatti
Love Is All Around – Mary Tyler Moore theme – good production values
One bit of trivia… In the closing theme for WKRP, the lyrics sound like a typical rock song… Very hard to understand, seem to begin with “Went to a bartender…” and that’s about all you can make out but no one ever thought about it cuz it just sound like an outtake from some actual rock song. It’s not. The vocals were a “guide vocal” just aded to demonstrate the melody and rythm but once they recorded the placeholder take, they decided, “screw it, leave it like that.” The lyrics are all gibberish. THAT’S rock and roll. LOL
I quite liked the music for “Greatest American Hero”, which, like “Magnum” was composed by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter.
“The Unknown Stuntman” from “The Fall Guy”, co-written by Glen Larson.
“Key West” was a favorite of mine. I worked evenings, so always had to tape it. After watching the show, I often would back up the tape and listen to the music again. This is the start of the pilot. The weekly theme music comes in around the 1:10 mark.
A bit more symphonic. the opening to the original “Battlestar Galactica”, also co-written by Glen Larson.
Last one for this list: “12 O’Clock High”. Unfortunately, Quinn Martin productions always had a voiceover at the opening, but this piece gives a good listen during the closing credits. Back in the day, when I watched the show, I couldn’t hear most of the closing credit music either, because there was usually a voiceover promoting some other program.
Not even NBC News with Chet Huntley & David Brinkley - Symphony No. 9, Second Movement by Beethoven
Firing Line - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Third Movement (Allegro assai), by Johann Sebastian Bach
I don’t think I’ve heard that theme music (like a good many upstream) Can you hum it and post a link?
In double checking to make sure I wasn’t suffering from False Memory Syndrome with my age at the time, I Goggled the “first episode of Dr Who”. So, that was the reason for the BEEB programme…50 year anniversary!!
Talking about the BEEB and radio, two themes/programmes from even earlier than Dr Who that are still going strong and I/we still listen to are The Archers and the Shipping Forecast. With a mind that retains trivia, I can still recite most of the shipping regions around the British Isles with decent accuracy.
In case you’re stuck in the Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea vicinity with only a working wireless…
The Shipping Forecast is a BBC Radio broadcast of weather reports and forecasts for the seas around the British Isles. It is produced by the Met Office and broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The forecast dates back over 150 years. There are currently four broadcasts per day at the following (UK local) times: 00:48, 05:20, 12:01, and 17:54.
In the forecast, the waters around the British Isles are divided into 31 sea areas, also known as weather areas. The...
Can anyone recall the first TV series they watched regularly as a child. We didn’t get a TV until about the summer of 1960, so I’d only be 8 coming up to 9. There are 2 series that stick in my mind (along with a few of the US westerns available and kid-specific stuff) in the limited viewing hours we had…
The Citadel …an adaptation of A J Cronin’s novel of the life of a doctor in pre-NHS Britain (specifically Welsh mining villages) Found it a real snore at the time but my dad was glued to it even knowing the “story” pretty well.
Coronation Street … a soap opera that’s still running today, apparently. My mum loved this…oddly a soap that was centered on a working class community in the North of England (Manchester area) None of the escapism of typical US soap…and only one brief break for adverts half way through!
Can anyone recall the first TV series they watched regularly as a child.
Some that come to mind as timeless/always there:
Highway Patrol — syndicated, various times but usually in the afternoon
The Jackie Gleason Show — Saturday nights 7:30
Sea Hunt — Locally Saturday night 7:00 leading into Jackie Gleason
Captain Kangaroo — I think 8:00 a.m
Ed Sullivan Show — Sunday nights, 7:30