[There were three different iterations of this perennial game show classic]: (CBS Primetime, 1952 - 1967, with Garry Moore and Steve Allen, MCs; Syndicated, 1972 - 1973, with Steve Allen, MC; CBS Primetime, summer 1976, with Bill Cullen, MC)
[title filed for copyright: "Plink, Plank, Plunk (for String Orchestra)"; Credit from several sources, including Brooks/Marsh, and article in TV Guide "When The Melody Lingers On" (5/17/58), Pattillo says this was used first 10 seasons 1952 - 62] Composer: Leroy Anderson (ASCAP) 1978 Publisher: Mills Music Inc. (ASCAP) 1997 Publisher: EMI/Mills Music Inc./Old Acct. c/o EMI Music Publishing of New York, NY Composition Date: June 21, 1951 Copyright Date: Oct. 26, 1951; EP 58 485. Renewal Date: Sep. 7, 1979; RE-33-489. Recordings: [In liner notes to this CD, the composer is incorrectly identified as Norman Paris who wrote the NEXT THEME, instead of Leroy Anderson who wrote "Plink, Plank, Plunk"] CD: "Classic TV Game Show Themes" produced by the Game Show Network Leroy Anderson and his Orchestra [this track only] Varese-Sarabande VSD-5881 (1998)
[In January, 1960, a Percy Faith arrangement of this 1959 instrumental motion picture THEME was all the rage -- it reached #1 on the Billboard Pop Charts; As per Cole Johnson who watched re-runs of the show from the 1961-62 season on the Game Show cable TV Network, this Max Steiner composition was also used as the THEME for "I've Got A Secret" for this one season ONLY...] Composer: Max Steiner (ASCAP) 1978 Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons (ASCAP) 1997 Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons (ASCAP) c/o Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA Copyright Date: Oct. 13, 1959; EP 134 300. Renewal Date: Jan. 20, 1987; RE-325-854.
[Pattillo credits this as the theme for last 5 seasons, which would have been 1962 - 1967] Composers: Norman Paris (BMI) 1978 Publisher: [unknown] 1997 Publisher: Mist Music Co. (BMI) Copyright date: Recordings:
[Pattillo credits this as closing theme for the last 3 seasons, which is reasonable, since Steve Allen was host of the CBS version, 1964-67] [Steve Allen's office sent info that closing theme for the syndicated version was called "Secret Closing Theme", but possibly this was just another name given to the above tune for ASCAP royalty purposes.] Composer: Stephen Valentine ("Steve") Allen (ASCAP) 1978 Publisher: Rosemeadow Publishing Corp. (ASCAP) 1997 Publisher: All Nations Music (ASCAP) Copyright Date: Apr. 27, 1956; Eu 436 597. Renewal Date: May 25, 1984; RE-209-808. Recordings:
[According to correspondence with Steve Allen's office, this was the Open theme for the Syndicated show (1972 - 73); Copyright records indicate it was composed at least 8 years previously by the prolific Mr. Allen.] Composer: Stephen Valentine ("Steve") Allen (ASCAP) 1978 Publisher: Rosemeadow Publishing Corp. (ASCAP) 1997 Publisher: All Nations Music (ASCAP) Copyright Date: Oct. 8, 1964; EU 848 285. Renewal Date: Jan. 31, 1992; RE-572-845. Recordings:
[According to correspondence with Steve Allen's office, this was the closing theme for the Syndicated show 1972 - 1973] Composer: Stephen Valentine ("Steve") Allen (ASCAP) 1978 Publisher: Leosel Enterprises Inc. (ASCAP) 1997 Publisher: Leosel Enterprises Inc. (ASCAP) Copyright date: Recordings: