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The Donna Reed Show (sitcom)

    [others in the cast besides Donna Reed were Carl Betz,
     Shelley Fabares and Paul Peterson]

    (ABC Primetime, 1958 - 1966)

Theme 1 (1958 - 1965): "The Donna Reed Show Theme"

    [original title in the Capitol "Hi-Q" library: "Happy Days";
     alternate previous ASCAP title: "Donna Reed Theme";
     alternate May-Loo Recorded Music Catalog titles: 
               "TC-430" and "TC-430A";
     "Happy Days" verified as the THEME in TV Guide article "Looking
     For A Lost Chord?" April 28, 1962, pp. 12-13;

     In the book "TV's Biggest Hits", Jon Burlingame quotes Capitol
     library executive Jack Cookerly about how this production
     library track was chosen as the THEME for the series:

    "When Screen Gems began production on 'The Donna Reed Show',
     executives 'came over looking for a theme'. Cookerly recalled,
    'Bill (Loose) had written a real nice, pleasant little melody"
     ...(originally titled 'Happy Days' in the Hi-Q library)...
    "which we eventually called 'Music To Wash Dishes By,' because
     it's so insipid. They picked that piece of music for 'The
     Donna Reed Theme'."

     Following its use as a main theme, it was removed from the
     Capitol Hi-Q library for other uses...but still shows up in 
     episodes of older TV correspondent mentioned
     he heard the familiar melody in the underscoring of an 
     episode of "Leave It To Beaver"...]

     Composers: William G. ("Bill") Loose (ASCAP/BMI), and
                John Seely (ASCAP/BMI)

     1978 Publisher  [listed as "Happy Days" in the 1978 
                      ASCAP Index of Performed Compositions]: 
                      Sam Fox Pub. Co., Inc. (ASCAP)

     2002 Publishers: [for current Title, Publisher and Licensing
                       information regarding this THEME...
                       contact Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)]

     Copyright Date: 1998 [as part of the "May-Loo Recorded 
                           Music Catalog", a sound recording
                           filed for copyright];

            LP: "Television's Greatest Hits" [Vol. 1] (1985)
                 by TeeVee Toons Records (now TVT Records, NY)
                 TVT 1100

            CD: "Television's Greatest Hits" [Vol. 1] (1986)
                 by TeeVee Toons Records (now TVT Records, NY)
                 TVT 1100 CD

Theme 2 (1965 - 66): "The Donna Reed Show Theme"

    [BMI alternate aka: "New Horizons and End Credits (??)"]
    [THEME credit in "BMI's Many Worlds of Music", Oct., 1965 issue.]

     Composers: Stu Phillips (BMI)
               [professional name of Stuart John Phillips]

     1978 Publisher: [unknown]

     2000 Publisher: [not found in the BMI repertoire database;
                      may be Screen Gems-EMI Music (BMI)]
     2014 Publisher: Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
                       of Nashville, TN

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:


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