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The Original Amateur Hour (talent show)

    (Dumont Prime Time, 1948 - 1949;
     NBC Prime Time,    1949 - 1955;
     ABC Prime Time,    1955 - 1957;
     NBC Prime Time,    1957 - 1958;
     CBS Prime Time,    1959;
     ABC Prime Time,    1960; and
     ABC Sunday afternoons, 1960 - 1970)

    [aka: Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour;
     This series originated on radio under the name
    "Major Bowes and the Original Amateur Hour", with music
     by Lloyd Marx and his orchestra; it aired on 
     NBC Radio, 1934 - 1936;
     CBS Radio, 1936 - 1948;
     and on ABC 1948; 

     In the 1948 Dumont TV series, it is likely that 
     one or more of the following radio themes were used]


Theme 1: "Let's Go On With The Show"

    [It may be that this was a variation (or even the original)
     version of "Stand By" (see below) since this title would fit 
     the rhythm of the melody of "Stand By" which has been filed
     for copyright...one theory is that this was the instrumental
     title and "Stand By" was the vocal version since it has two
     other composer/authors credited with it...another observation
     supporting this theory is that in Craig Pattillo's book "TV
     Theme Soundtrack Directory "Stand By" is listed as the THEME
     for the last season on TV only, yet its melody as seen on the
     copyrighted version of "Stand By" is more familiar than a
     mere one-season THEME;

     On Volume 4 of "Television's Greatest Hits", the title 
    "Stand By" is the name in liner notes...However the composer
     is incorrectly listed as Russell Mael;
     
     A composition called "Amateur Hour" by Mael was recorded 
     by Mael's pop group "Sparks" in 1974; But the pop song had 
     nothing to do with this THEME]

     Composers: Wade F. Denning (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: [probaly Graham Mus Pub Corp. (ASCAP)]

     1997 Publisher: [no listing in ASCAP Repertoire]

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:
          CD:  (Track title): "Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour"
               "Television's Greatest Hits (Vol. 4): 
                Black and White Classics" (1996)
                TVT Records TVT 1600-2


Theme 2: "Stand By"

    [It may be that this was a variation (or even the original)
     version of "Let's Go On With The Show" (above) since the
    "Let's Go On With The Show" would fit the rhythm of the 
     last phrase of the melody of "Stand By", which has
     been filed for copyright..one theory is that "Let's Go On
     With The Show" was the instrumental title of the tune,
     and "Stand By" was the vocal version since it has two
     other composer/authors credited with it...another observation
     supporting this theory is that in Craig Pattillo's book "TV
     Theme Soundtrack Directory "Stand By" is listed as the THEME
     for the last season on TV only, yet its melody as seen on the
     copyrighted version of "Stand By" is more familiar than a
     mere one-season THEME;

     On Volume 4 of "Television's Greatest Hits", the title 
    "Stand By" is the name in liner notes...However the composer
     is incorrectly listed as Russell Mael;
     
     A composition called "Amateur Hour" by Mael was recorded 
     by Mael's pop group "Sparks" in 1974; But the pop song had 
     nothing to do with this THEME]

     Composers: Lloyd Marx (ASCAP), 
                Wade F. Denning (ASCAP), and
                Harold Orlob (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: Graham Music Publishing Corp. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: Graham Music Publishing Corp. (ASCAP)
                         c/o Lloyd Marx

     Copyright Date: Mar. 14, 1960; Eu 616 596.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:
          CD:  (Track title): "Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour"
               "Television's Greatest Hits (Vol. 4): 
                Black and White Classics" (1996)
                TVT Records TVT 1600-2


Theme 3: "Amateur Night"

     Composers: Lloyd Marx (ASCAP), and
                John Redmond (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Novelty Music Company (ASCAP)

     1999 Publisher: Novelty Music Company (ASCAP), of
                     Somerville, MA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Theme 4: "There's No Business Like Show Business"

     [from the Broadway Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" (1946)]

     Composers: Irving Berlin (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: Irving Berlin Music Corp. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher:   Williamson Music Co. (ASCAP)

     Composition Date: 1946 ["Who Wrote That Song" by Dick Jacobs]

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


















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