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The Edge Of Night (soap opera)

     (CBS Daytime, 1956 - 1975;
      ABC Daytime, 1975 - 1984;
      Re-runs on the USA Cable Network Daytime, 1984 - 1989)

     [This was originally conceived as a courtroom drama ala "Perry Mason"
      but it quickly became a more conventional "Soap Opera" -- or should
      we say "Daytime Drama" as its fans prefer;

      Some theme information after 1965 courtesy Soap Opera music expert
      David R. Jackson, who has a Web page devoted to Soap Opera history
      at http://lavender.fortunecity.com/indemnity/439/;

      Also see "The Edge of Night Homepage" with more show history and
      airchecks of various versions of the THEMEs for download.]


Theme 1 (CBS, 1956 - 76): "The Edge of Night"

    [ASCAP title variations are as follows:
     aka: "Theme from 'The Edge of Night'";
     aka: "The Edge of Night (Theme)";
     aka: "Warmly"]

    [vocal title (??): "Someday, Somewhere"]

    [From 1956 - 1973 the THEME was performed by Taubman playing a 
     piano/organ combination; in 1973 an orchestrated version debuted
     which was used all throughout the CBS run;
 
     Craig Pattillo's "TV Theme Soundtrack Directory" lists the Taubman
     composition titled "Warmly" as the name of a close THEME during
     the 1973 - 74 season when the piece was orchestrated. But this
     orchestrated THEME and the original piano/organ THEME have the
     same melody...and "Warmly" is listed as a Title Variation for
     the Main THEME in the 2001 ASCAP database.

     So "Warmly" may just have been a performance direction to the 
     musicians which was written on the score after the opening intro,
     and someone logged that title onto an ASCAP cue sheet by mistake.

     The Taubman composition "Someday, Somewhere" is credited by Pattillo's
     "TV Theme Soundtrack Directory" as an End Title THEME used only
     for the fifth season (1961-62). I suspect it is a vocal title
     or variant title of the Main Theme which Taubman composed in 1956.]

     Composer: Paul Taubman (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Emil Ascher, Inc. (ASCAP)
     
     2001 Publisher: Emil Ascher, Inc. (ASCAP),
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:

     Recordings: 


Sub-Theme 2 (CBS, 1956 - 1972): "May We, Mais Oui"

    [According to David R. Jackson, ASCAP Survey records indicate this
     was logged on the air between 1952 and 1972, which would indicate
     its use on other Soap Operas four years prior to when "The Edge of
     Night" began. Craig Pattillo's "TV Theme Soundtrack Recordings"
     credits this as being used as an End Credits THEME during two
     seasons (1970 - 72), but it may have only been used as a 
     middle-break THEME or oft-used Sub-Theme.]

     Composers: music by Paul Taubman (ASCAP), with
                lyric by Ray Jordan (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Paul Taubman Music Corp. (ASCAP)
     
     2001 Publisher: Paul Taubman Music Corporation (ASCAP)
                        of Goshen, NY 

     Copyright Date:

     Recordings: 


Theme 3 (ABC, 1976): [title unknown]

    [A short-lived THEME described as "Lombardo-esque" which
     the fans complained about...so another more contemporary
     THEME was composed (see below)]

     Composer: *under investigation*

     1978 Publisher:
     2001 Publisher:

     Copyright Date:

     Recordings: 


Theme 4 (ABC, 1976 - 1984): "The Edge of Night (Theme)"

     Composers: music by Jack C. Cortner (ASCAP) and 
                lyric by John Barranco (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Elliot Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
     
     2001 Publisher: Fountain Square Music (ASCAP)
                        c/o Signature Sound, Inc.
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:

     Recordings:














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