Our Miss Brooks (situation comedy, starring Eve Arden)

    (CBS Primetime, 1952 - 1956;
     Syndicated)
   
    [A popular sitcom imported from its days on CBS radio since 1948,
     virtually the entire cast came with it as it moved from radio to TV;
     
     Eve Arden was again the lead playing a high school English teacher,
     with Gale Gordon as fussy blustery principal Osgood Conklin, and
     a young Richard Crenna playing the student with the adolescent
     whine in his voice -- Walter Denton.]
     

Theme 1: "Brooks Theme" [aka: "Our Miss Brooks Theme"]

    [this was the Main theme for both the radio series (1948), 
     and the TV series during 1952 - 1954. It was probably used as the
     End Title theme after that.]

     Composer: Wilbur J. Hatch (ASCAP/BMI)

     Original Publisher: Herman Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
             [on photocopy of manuscript lead sheet]

     1997 Publisher: EMI/April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
                        c/o EMI Music Publishing
                        of New York, NY
                        
    [Following is the registration of the "Brooks Theme", which based
     on the date, would probably have been filed to protect the radio theme]:
   
     Copyright Date: Nov. 5, 1952; EU 293 041.

    [No copyright date was found on the manuscript lead sheet. Despite the
     fact the radio series began in 1948 with this Wilbur Hatch theme, the
     following copyright was registered years later as "Our Miss Brooks Theme"
     with the "Columbia Broadcasting System Inc." as the Claimant. So this
     was probably done for the TV series theme which is the same tune, but 
     may have had a different arrangement]:
     
     Copyright Date: Jan. 31, 1958; EU 509 648.


Open Theme 2 (1954 - 1956): "Whistling Bells" [aka: "Our Miss Brooks Theme"]

    [Verified as the THEME in TV Guide article "It Seems To Me
     I've Heard That Theme Before" July 28, 1956, pp. 12-13;
     
     It was used only for the last two seasons, 1954 - 56, according
     to the Gelfand book, "Television Theme Recordings"]

     Composer: Farlan I. Myers (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. (ASCAP)

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:
          45rpm Single - Coral 9-61664 (1956)
               by Farlan Myers and The Goofers

     New Recordings: [a medley of both themes above,  
                      in reverse order]
          CD - "Television's Greatest Hits (Vol. 4): 
                Black and White Classics" (1996)
               TVT Records TVT 1600-2
               (by an uncredited studio orchestra) 



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