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Childhood Music

(caution – earworms ahead)

The other day, I placed a YouTube video of Dave Brubeck’s music to connect with the jazz master’s passing.  Then, I put The Addams Family TV show theme song on my blog’s You Tube link.

Music from my youth.  And it got me thinking.  Where did most of the tunes with which I identified when I was a kid come from?  Why, television, and movies, of course!

I always read TV credits as a kid.  Hell, I still read them (and movie credits) now.  Helps me to identify actors, directors, technical folks and music I like from the show.  Or perhaps dislike.

I remember Frank DeVol.  He did music for TV and the movies from the 40s into the 80s.  Richard Diamond, My Three Sons, The Brady Bunch, even taking time out to conduct the orchestra for The Dirty Dozen!  And many other works.

Then, there was Vic Mizzy.  The poor man’s Frank DeVol.  From the 60s to the 80s.  Highlights include The Addams Family, Green Acres, The Munster’s Revenge, and even Quincy, M.E.

And Henry Mancini.  Where do I start?  Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky.  Hatari!

John Barry.  James Bond movies.

Bernard Hermann.  Hitchcock.  Psycho.  Vertigo.

I just can’t get into the truncated theme songs of today, with their rap/hip-hop motifs.  If there even IS a theme song?  Guess they’re just too expensive to produce.

Guess I’m old…


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


12 thoughts on “Childhood Music

  1. Old? Maybe. But I have a degree in music, and can assure you that today’s rap/hip-hop is mostly devoid of anything that would have been classified as music in a college that teaches it. It features a theme or motif, but those are rarely developed into anything beyond a repetitive riff. A freshman music theory student would get a failing grade if that’s all he/she turned in.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | January 4, 2013, 8:16 am
    • WOW! I didn’t know that!? Very cool.

      Oh, I forgot Elmer Bernstein – The Magnificent Seven!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | January 4, 2013, 8:30 am

        The Phoenix Symphony collaborated with Elmer Bernstein back in the 90s to compile the complete film score (which had never been done prior to then) and then record the music from The Magnificent Seven. It is available on the Koch International Classics label.

        Posted by Tomi | January 4, 2013, 8:49 am
      • Sadly, the theme was compromised to sell Marlboro cigarettes in the 60s.
        Thanks for plugging the Phx Symphony, though!

        Posted by guffaw1952 | January 4, 2013, 9:13 am
  2. From what I understand, the death of the theme song has more to do with making more time for commercials than lack of available talent or funds. There have been a few modern exceptions: Big Bang Theory and Malcolm in the Middle come to mind. There might be a few others as well.
    My personal faves from my childhood: The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island and the ORIGINAL (that aspect is important) Scooby Doo – Where Are You? theme song.

    I’m mildly surprised you didn’t mention Carl Stalling – the genius behind the Warner Bros. cartoons’ music!

    Posted by Tomi | January 4, 2013, 8:38 am
    • Well, you can’t remember everyone. AND, Stalling used Raymond Scott’s work many times!
      ‘Powerhouse’, which I always called the WB Industrial Theme.
      Sccoby Doo was after my time. And who’s the comedian who dislikes the Gilligan theme, because it tells the whole story – why bother watching after that! 😛

      Posted by guffaw1952 | January 4, 2013, 9:11 am
  3. Beverly Hillbillies…

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | January 4, 2013, 12:12 pm
  4. We both are… And Mancini’s DAUGHTER now has the orchestra… sigh…

    Posted by Old NFO | January 4, 2013, 2:49 pm
  5. Hatari! I loved that movie as a kid. The Duke and Red Buttons.
    Best part imho was when Button’s character pulled of the rocket propelled monkey net.

    Posted by kx59 | January 4, 2013, 7:54 pm

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