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The Jimmy Durante Show (comedy-variety)

    (NBC Saturday Nights, 1954 - 1956
     NBC Saturday Nights, 1956 - 1957 *summer re-runs)

    [first season umbrella title: "Texaco Star Theater";

     In its first season, this series alternated with "The Donald 
     O'Connor Show" under the umbrella title of the "Texaco Star
     Theater", and thereafter was seen every week under its own name;

     Durante was a clown-like old-time vaudeville comic. He had
     a stooped stature, a raspy Brooklyn voice, and a bulbous nose 
     which became his signature and butt of his self-deprecating
     jokes -- he called his nose "the schnozzola" or "the schnozz";
     His rough exterior was an obvious shield for his gentler soul,
     and a kinder side that also shined through when he smiled...
     
     Most of the references to his first name spell it as "Jimmy".
     But there are also spellings of it as "Jimmie" on printed
     material as well.

     Jimmy was a veteran of stage, screen and radio for decades;
     although his career began in vaudeville, he was a frequent 
     guest on radio shows, had regular appearances in Las Vegas, 
     in motion pictures, and finally on television...

     He starred in this series, posing as the manager of a small 
     nightclub -- "the Club Durante", auditioning and conducting
     humorous interviews with regular castmembers, that included 
     his old vaudeville comedy partner -- Eddie Jadckson, the 
     actor-musicians Jack Roth and Joey Buffano, a group of 
     dancer/showgirls known as "The Durante Girls", and musical
     accompaniment from the Roy Bargy Orchestra;

     Before the End Credits, Durante would sing one of two show
     closing songs (see below) and he would concluded with his
     signature line, "Good-night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are";
     apparently this was just a device to touch the individual
     listeners hearing him on radio or tv;
     
     Although some believed she was a fictional character, Mr.
     J. Friedman contributed the idea to this Web Site that
     there was a real "Mrs. Calabash" who lived on Prescott 
     Street in Meriden, CT.  Mr. Friedman writes, "I'm sure
     Durante's connection with her is the reason he came to 
     Meriden when we got the 'ideal war community' award
     during WWII."]


Open Theme 1: "We Are The Men of Texaco"

    [Texaco Oil Co. jingle, used as an opening,
     aka: "The Texaco T.V. Star Theatre Theme Song",
     aka: "The Texaco Star Theme"]

     Composers: Bernard ("Buddy") Arnold, and
                Heywood ("Woody") Kling

     1978 Publishers: B. Arnold and H. Kling (ASCAP)

     1998 Publishers: Milbud Music (ASCAP)
                         of Los Angeles, CA; and
                      Heywood Kling Publisher (ASCAP)
                         of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:
                CD - "TeeVee Toons: The Commercials"
                TVT Records TVT 1400 CD (1989)


Open Theme 2: "Texaco Opening / Allen Roth"

    [Copyright application states "portions derived from the 
    'Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2' by Franz Liszt"; also references
    "We Are the Men of Texaco", aka "Texaco Star Theatre T.V. 
     Theme Song", listed above...]

     Arranger/Adapter: Allen Roth (no affiliation found)

     Original Claimant: [employer of work for hire:] Texaco, Inc.

     1998 Publisher: [no publisher listed in ASCAP or BMI]

     Original Creation Date: 1948

     Copyright Date: [month and day NA], 1976; Eu 672 692.

     Copyright Date [new words, some music]: July 10, 1981, PAu-359-618.

     Recordings:


Theme 3: "Start Off Each Day With A Song"

    [above is the title as filed for copyright; ASCAP title...
     aka: "You Gotta Start Off Each Day With A Song"; this
     was one of the two signature songs of Jimmy Durante on
     radio and TV (the other was "Inka-Dinka-Doo"). After the
     "Texaco Star Theater" umbrella ended, this was the Main
     THEME which opened the show...

     In the year this song was composed, Jimmy Durante starred
     in a film called "Land Without Music" (aka: "Forbidden Music")
     based upon an Oscar Strauss operetta where the residents of
     a European kingdom are forbidden from singing or playing
     music because a princess thinks they are having too much
     fun; she wants them to work harder and pay off the nation's
     debt, so music is banned...there may be a connection here...]

     Composer: James ("Jimmy") Durante (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Robbins Music Corp. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: EMI-Robbins Catalog, Inc. (ASCAP)
                        c/o EMI Music Publishing, Inc.
                        of New York, NY

     Composition Date: 1936

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:
         CD: "TV Classic Themes: 25th Anniversary Edition" (1999)
              Breakable Records
              DPMC 105


Theme 4: "What a Day, What a Day, What a Day!"

    [aka: "What a Day"; this was an alternate opening THEME song
     sung by Jimmy Durante during his opening medley on TV in
     combination with "Start Off Each Day With a Song"; verified
     on aircheck of tv show, which was reproduced on soundtrack of
     CD "TV Classic Themes"]

     Composers: James ("Jimmy") Durante (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: J. Durante Mus. Pub. Co., Inc. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Jimmy Durante Music Publishing Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
                        of Beverly Hills, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:
         CD: "TV Classic Themes: 25th Anniversary Edition" (1999)
              Breakable Records
              DPMC 105             


Close Theme 5: "Good-night, Good-night, Good-night"

    [above is the title as filed for copyright; ASCAP title...
     aka: "Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight"; this was one of the
     two featured songs sung by Jimmy Durante to close his shows
     on stage performances, radio and TV]

     Composers: James ("Jimmy") Durante (ASCAP) and
                Jack Barnett (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: J. Durante Mus. Pub. Co., Inc. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Jimmy Durante Music Publishing Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
                        of Los Angeles, CA

    [note: copyright numbering "rolled over" in 1978,
     hence the low number for the Renewal filing...]:

     Copyright Date: Nov. 27, 1950; Eu 222 783.
     Renewal   Date: Feb.  2, 1978; RE-    332;

     Recordings:
         CD: "TV Classic Themes: 25th Anniversary Edition" (1999)
              Breakable Records
              DPMC 105


Close Theme 6: "It's Time To Say Goodnight"

    [above is the title as filed for copyright; this was one of
     two featured songs sung by Jimmy Durante to close his shows
     on stage performances, radio and TV]

     Composers: James ("Jimmy") Durante (ASCAP) and
                Jack Barnett (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: J. Durante Mus. Pub. Co., Inc. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Jimmy Durante Music Publishing Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date: Jan. 5, 1953; Eu 298 968.
     Renewal   Date: Jan. 5, 1981; RE- 78-748.

     Recordings:


End Credits Theme 7: "Inka-Dinka-Doo", from the 1933 movie "Palooka"

    [following the sentimental show closers above, this was used
     over End Credits on the TV series although it was primarily
     used as the THEME of Durante's radio show; it was one of the 
     two primary signature songs of Jimmy Durante throughout his 
     career on radio and TV and in night club appearances (the other 
     primary signature tune was "Start Off Each Day With A Song", 
     listed above)]

     Composers: James ("Jimmy") Durante (ASCAP)
                Ben Ryan (ASCAP), and
                Harry Donnely (ASCAP/Not Affil.)

     1978 Publisher: The Bourne Co. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: The Bourne Co. (ASCAP)
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: 1933, EP 39 319.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:

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