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NBC [Nightly] News (prime-time network news and public affairs)

     (NBC Early Evening, 1947 - Present)

     ["NBC Telenews" - a assembly of footage from MGM-Hearst
            theatrical newsreels hosted by Hearst producer
            Paul Alley -- which had started airing on the
            local New York NBC station WNBT before airing
            on the network (circa 1947);    
      "Camel Newsreel Theatre" a 10-minute Fox/Movietone Newsreel
		     narrated off-screen by John Cameron Swayze
            Feb., 1948 - Feb., 1949;
      "Camel News Caravan" a 15-minute newscast
            hosted on-camera by John Cameron Swayze,
            Feb., 1949 - Oct., 1956;
      "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" a 15 minute newscast until
            1963, when it expanded to 30 minutes a night, 
		      with reporters Chet Huntley and David Brinkley
            Oct., 1956 - July, 1970;
      "NBC Nightly News"
            with David Brinkley
            July, 1970 - Aug., 1971;
      "NBC Nightly News"
            with John Chancellor, and commentator David Brinkley
            Aug., 1971 - Oct., 1979;
      "NBC Nightly News"
            with John Chancellor
            Oct., 1979 - April, 1982;
      "NBC Nightly News"
            with co-anchors Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd
            April, 1982 - Sept., 1983;
      "NBC News At Sunrise"
            with Connie Chung
            August., 1983
      "NBC Nightly News"
            with Tom Brokaw
            Sept., 1983 - Dec. 1, 2004
      "NBC Nightly News"
            with Brian Williams          
            Dec. 2, 2004 - Present
            
      In the years 1958 - 1963 each half of the Huntley-Brinkley news team
      had their own news analysis shows:
          "Chet Huntley Reporting" from 1958 - 1963; and
          "David Brinkley's Journal" from 1961 - 1963]


Theme #1 [Camel Newsreel Theatre/Camel News Caravan/
                        John Cameron Swayze]: "Newsreel Theater"

     [Swayze had come from Kansas City to Hollywood and then 
     joined NBC in New York, creating the quiz show "Who Said That?"
     on which he was also a panelist. His news narrating job for Fox/
     Movietone led to being in front of the camera when NBC decided
     it was time for a network newscaster to be seen as well as heard.
     
     Before he was given the network opportunity, he hosted a twice-a-week
     broadcast on the New York NBC affiliate -- WNBT -- where he admitted
     later, he was chosen more for his looks than his news skills.
     
     He was quoted as saying the "audition" for this first news job
     consisted of several candidates for the position sitting in a
     row without speaking while producers looked them over...  ]
     
     Composer: John Marion Gart

     1978 Publisher: [listed in ASCAP Index of Performed Compositions
                      of 1978, without publisher]

     2000 Publisher: Music Sales Corp. (ASCAP),
                        of New York, NY
     Copyright Date: 

     Recordings:


Theme #2 [Plymouth News Caravan/John Cameron Swayze]: [under investigation]

     [an as yet unidentified library track]

     Composer: *under investigation*
     
     Original Publisher:  
     1997 Publisher:
     
     Copyright Date: 

     Recordings:


Theme #3 [The Huntley-Brinkley Report]: "Royal Command"

     [aka: "Royal Pride" on the Bruton CD]

     Composer: Charles Williams (British PRS/ASCAP)
              [professional name of Isaac Cozerbreit]
     
     Original Publisher: Chappell & Co., Ltd. (British) (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: Marlowlynn Ltd., 
                       a Zomba Company (British)

     1997 US Publisher: Jim Long Companies Inc. (Music Div.) (ASCAP)
                           of Dallas, TX
     Copyright Date: 1943, from CD liner notes

     Recordings:
          78rpm single in the Chappell Mood Music Library
                        Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
                        conducted by Charles Williams
						   Chappell C205

          CD Re-issue: "Royal Pride" on 
                       "The Vintage Collection 2"
                        Bruton Music Ltd., a Zomba Company
                        BRO16
                       [available only through the
                        Robert Farnon Society]


Theme #4 [Chet Huntley-David Brinkley]: "NBC Chimes Signature"

    [based upon the three-note "NBC Chimes" motif]

     Composer/Arranger: Ray Ellis (ASCAP/BMI)
                       [professional name of Raymond S. Ellis]
     
     Original Publisher: probably Blackwood Music (BMI)
     
     1997 Publisher: probably EMI/Blackwood Music (BMI)
     
     Copyright Date: 
     
     Recordings:


Theme #5 [Chet Huntley-David Brinkley]: "Trumpet Voluntary / Trumpet Tune and Air, in D Major"

     [This tune was formerly attributed to Henry Purcell as
     the "Trumpet Tune and Air in D"; but then scholars 
     changed their minds and said that the tune was 
     really written by Jeremiah Clarke and had the
     name "Trumpet Voluntary"; The debate may not
     yet be completely settled...]

     Composer: Jeremiah Clarke (predates ASCAP & BMI)
     
     Original Composition Date: circa 1700

     Original Publisher:  
     
     1997 Publisher: [Public Domain]
     
     Recordings: [numerous]


Theme #6 [The Huntley-Brinkley Report]: Scherzo (movement No. 2), from
                        Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125"

    [used behind closing credits only] 

     Composer: Ludwig von Beethoven (predates ASCAP & BMI)

     Original Composition Date: 1822 - 1824
          
     Original Publisher: B. Schotts, Soene, Mainz and Paris
                         of Vienna, Austria and Paris, France
     
     Publication Date [first edition]: August, 1826
     
     1997 Publisher: [Public Domain]
          
     Recordings: [numerous]


Theme #7 [John Chancellor]: "N B C News Signature Theme"

    [according to David R. Jackson who corresponded with ASCAP
     about this theme, it aired beginning in the first quarter 
     of 1962...so that would make its use as a theme from 
     1962 - 1977 before the following Mancini theme first appeared.] 

     Composer: Irwin A. ("Bud") Bazelon (ASCAP)
     
     Original Publisher: Jobete Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
     
     1997 Publisher:  Jobete Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
                         c/o EMI Music Publishing
                         of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: Aug.  5, 1963; EU 783 446.
     Renewal Date:   June 25, 1991; RE-535-676.

     Recordings:


Theme #8 [John Chancellor]: "NBC Nightly News Theme"

     Composer: Henry Mancini (ASCAP)
            [professional name of Enrico Nicola Mancini]

     Original Publisher:  Hollywood Music (ASCAP)
     
     1997 Publisher:  All Nations Music (ASCAP),
                        of Beverly Hills, CA
                        
     Copyright Date: 1977, on photocopy of Sheet Music
     
     Recordings:
          45rpm single: Henry Mancini and his Orchestra
               RCA PB-11423 (1978)

          LP: "The Theme Scene"
               Henry Mancini and his Orchestra
               RCA AQLI-3052 (1978)

          LP: "Best of Mancini, Vol. 3"
               Henry Mancini and his Orchestra
               RCA AQLI-3347 (1979)


NBC Election Coverage Theme (since 1976): "Salute To The President"

    [Original title: "Decision '76"; 
     revised as "Decision '78";
     revised as "Decision '80"; 
     ASCAP title variation on Cue Sheets: "Decision '84"; and revised
     finally as "Decision '88 -- Salute To The President"; and
     ASCAP title variation on Cue Sheets: "Decision '92"; ]

     Composer: Henry Mancini (ASCAP)
              [professional name of Enrico Nicola Mancini]

     Orig. Publisher: Hollyweed Music (ASCAP),
                         a div. of Henry Mancini Enterprises, Inc.

     2000  Publisher: Universal Music Publishing (ASCAP);
                         a div. of Universal Studios, Inc.
                         of Los Angeles, CA

     "Decision '76" Copyright Date:          1976; Eu  674 999.
     "Decision '78" Copyright Date: Dec.  1, 1978; PAu- 78-530.
     
     "Decision '80" Copyright Date: Nov. 14, 1979; PAu-174-087.
     "Decision '88, aka: Salute To The President"
                    Copyright Date: Nov. 16, 1987; PAu-1-042-429.

      Recordings:


Theme #9 [w/John Chancellor]: "Nightly News Theme 1982"

    [an arrangement using electronic synthesizer, based upon 
     the three-note "NBC Chimes" motif]

     Composer/Arrangers: Joseph Paul ("Joe") Sicurella (ASCAP),
                         Tony Smythe (BMI), and
                         Bob Christianson (BMI)

     Original Publisher: Blackwood Music, (BMI)
                           c/o NBC-Television of
                           New York, NY; and
                         an [un-named] ASCAP Publisher (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher:     Living Music (BMI),
                           c/o EMI Blackwood Music
                           of New York, NY; and an
                          [un-named] ASCAP Publisher (ASCAP)

     Copyright Date: probably 1982
     Recordings:


Theme #10 [w/John Chancellor/Tom Brokaw/Brian Williams, 1985]: "The Mission Theme"

    [aka: "The Mission";
     aka: "NBC News Theme";

     An article on News Themes reported the first date this
     THEME was aired was Sept. 9, 1985; 

     Several versions of this THEME and its counter-melodies
     and secondary themes were filed for copyright separately
     under the following titles...(presumably "The Mission"
     was N B C News Theme No. 3)...

     aka: "Scherzo for Today (N B C News Theme No. 1)";
     aka: "The Pulse of Events" (N B C News Theme No. 2)";
     aka: "Fugue for the Changing Times" (N B C News Theme No. 4)"]

     Composer: John Towner Williams (ASCAP/BMI)

     Original Publishers: John Williams d.b.a.
                             Deep Dell Music (BMI); and
                          Blackwood Music, (BMI)
                          c/o NBC-Television of
                          New York, NY

     1997 Publishers:  Deep Dell Music (BMI) and
                          Living Music (BMI),
                          c/o EMI Blackwood Music
                          of New York, NY

    [as "The Mission Theme (N B C News)"]:
     Copyright Date: Sep. 29, 1986; PAu-891-892.
     Renewal   Date:

    [as "Scherzo for Today (N B C News Theme No. 1)"]:
     Copyright Date: Sep. 29, 1986; PAu-895-809.
     Renewal   Date:

    [as "The Pulse of Events" (N B C News Theme No. 2)"]:
     Copyright Date: Sep. 29, 1986; PAu-895-808.
     Renewal   Date:

    [as "Fugue for the Changing Times" (N B C News Theme No. 4)"]:
     Copyright Date: Sep. 29, 1986; PAu-883-043.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:

          LP: "By Request--Best of John Williams
                           and the Boston Pops"
               John Williams conducting the
               Boston Pops Orchestra
               Phillips 420.178-1 (1987)


Open Theme #11 [NBC News At Sunrise w/Connie Chung]: "N. B. C. Sunrise Theme"

    [above is title as filed for copyright; this open THEME was first
     used for the "NBC Sunrise" show (1974) which had a looser format
     similar to "Today" and the first show titled "Early Today",
     which had been attempted from 1982 - 1983 just prior to this
     name and format change focusing on News...]

     Composer: Ray Ellis (ASCAP/BMI)
              [professional name of Raymond S. Ellis]

     Original Publisher: Living Music, Inc. (BMI)

     2001 Publisher: Living Music, Inc. (BMI)
                        c/o EMI Blackwood,
                        a div. of EMI Music Publishing
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: Dec. 10, 1974; Eu 541 474.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Close Theme #12 [NBC News At Sunrise w/Connie Chung]: "NBC News At Sunrise Theme Close"

    [above is title as per BMI; 

     It is possible that this may be derived from "The Mission"
     THEME by Williams written as a Nightly News THEME in 1986
     since no separate copyright has yet been found by Williams
     under this title...]

     Composer: John Towner Williams (ASCAP/BMI)

     Original Publisher: Living Music, Inc. (BMI)

     2001 Publisher: Living Music, Inc. (BMI)
                        c/o EMI Blackwood,
                        a div. of EMI Music Publishing
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:

















































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