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Ozzie and Harriet, The Adventures of (sitcom)

     (ABC Primetime, 1952 - 1966)

     [originated on CBS Radio, 1944-54, original title:
      "The Ozzie Nelson - Harriet Hilliard Show"...
      Their 14-year TV run was a network record for a sitcom;

      Family shows that used a TV "family" to present gentle
      family-oriented skits were a common denominator since
      TV began from "Father Knows Best" to "The Brady Bunch";
      and this was one of the pioneer shows that defined the
      entire genre, although it was a bit slow-paced (and some
      argued in unkind reviews that it was also "slow witted")...

      Perhaps the Nelson Family was an "acquired taste" -- you
      either found the simple characters familiar and charming
      or you thought it was dull as dishwater...and while the
      Nelson's were well-known personalities from radio skits, 
      their children's acting skills were "learned on the job" :-)

      But Ozzie Nelson had figured out that using his family
      to demonstrate universal object lessons was a winning
      formula for 1950s and early 1960s television; and he kept
      to his guns while the audiences remained loyal...and it
      proved to his critics chagrin the old adage that "nothing 
      succeeds like success"; Like Desi Arnaz, Ozzie Nelson
      worked many long hours behind the scenes in multiple roles
      producing and writing as well as acting in the series;

      For better or worse this old-fashioned, plain-spoken
      family is now an indelible part of classic TV history...]


Theme 1: "Mary (I'm In Love With You)"

    [Verified as the THEME in TV Guide article "It Seems To Me
     I've Heard That Theme Before" July 28, 1956, pp. 12-13;
     
     This first TV THEME was the same 1930's song used on the radio
     series played as an instrumental (with a slightly different
     melody with published words); the arrangements of it on
     radio were by Billy May who conducted the radio orchestra;

     it is not known if the TV series used May's arrangements or
     new ones by Basil George "Buzz" Adlam who was also an early
     music director for the TV show...
     
     The instrumental arrangements take liberties with the vocal
     melody of the tune, first recorded by Rosalind Conrad.]

     Composers: J. Fred Coots (ASCAP) and
                Ozzie Nelson (ASCAP)
               [professional name of Oswald George Nelson]
               
     Original Publisher: Davis, Coots & Engel, Inc.,
                           of New York, NY

     1978 Publishers: Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) and
                        Words & Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publishers: Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP),
                        c/o The Richmond Organization
                        of New York, NY;
                      The Songwriters' Guild (ASCAP)
                        of Weehawken, NJ; and
                      Words & Music, Inc. (ASCAP),
                         c/o The Richmond Organization
                         of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: Oct 28, 1931; EP 26 775.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Theme 2: [a waltz theme, under investigation]

    [for at least two seasons a waltz melody was heard over the
     Main Title; and it is possible this rather forgettable tune
     was a library track supplied by Capitol Special Products 
    (managed by Jack C. Cookerly) composed by William Loose and 
     Emil Cadkin -- all of whom are credited in BMI as having 
     composed "Ozzie and Harriet Library Cues"]

     Composers: Jack C. Cookerly (BMI),
                Emil Cadkin (BMI) and
                William G. ("Bill") Loose (ASCAP/BMI)

     1978 Publishers: G R H Music Company (BMI)

     1986 Publishers: Matragun Music, Inc. (BMI)
                        c/o Sony-ATV Songs, L.L.C.
                        of Nashville, TN

     2002 Publishers: [for current Title, Publisher and Licensing
                       information regarding this THEME...
                       contact Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)]

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Theme 3: [a jaunty theme, under investigation]

    [for at several seasons this jaunty little melody was heard
     over the Main Title; and it is possible this was a library
     tune supplied by Capitol Special Products (which was then
     managed by Jack C. Cookerly) composed by William Loose and 
     Emil Cadkin -- all of whom are credited in BMI as having 
     composed "Ozzie and Harriet Library Cues"]

     Another possibility is that it was written by Basil George
    "Buzz" Adlam, who was the music director and arranger also
     during this period...

     This THEME is heard on "Television's Greatest Hits"
     Vol. 4: Black and White Classics" credited as a THEME
     composed by Ozzie Nelson, which is doubtful...although
     possibly Basil George "Buzz" Adlam could have worked
     a simple Nelson tune into the nice arrangement heard
     on the air;

     At one point it was thought this jaunty composition --
     most often identified with the series -- was called 
    "The Nelson Family Theme", which research has proven
     it is NOT, when compared with the sheet music filed 
     under that name for copyright at the Library of Congress
     written in 1962 (see "End Credits Theme 5" below)]

     Composers: Jack C. Cookerly (BMI),
                Emil Cadkin (BMI) and
                William G. ("Bill") Loose (ASCAP/BMI)

     1978 Publishers: G R H Music Company (BMI)

     1986 Publishers: Matragun Music, Inc. (BMI)
                        c/o Sony-ATV Songs, L.L.C.
                        of Nashville, TN

     2002 Publishers: [for current Title, Publisher and Licensing
                       information regarding this THEME...
                       contact Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)]
                
     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:
          CD: Television's Greatest Hits,
              Vol. 4: Black and White Classics
              TVT Records TVT 1600 - 2 (1996)


End Credits Theme 4 (circa 1960): "Buzz's Bounce"

    [a rather nice big-band tune composed by the show's 
     music director...originally penned in 1947...] 

     Composer: Basil George ("Buzz") Adlam (ASCAP)

     1978 Publishers: Bel Air Music Co. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publishers: Bel Air Music Co. (ASCAP)

     Copyright Date: Dec 12, 1947; Eu 107 734.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


End Credits Theme 5 (circa 1961): "[The] Nelson Family Theme"

    [This may have been arranged by Jimmie Haskell...the 
     THEME is a kind of boogie style blues which has no discernable
     tune for the melody, but seems rather improvised...]

     Composer: Ozzie Nelson (ASCAP)
              [professional name of Oswald George Nelson]

     1978 Publishers: Nelson Music Pub. Co. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publishers: Nelson Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP),
                         c/o Jess S. Morgan & Company, Inc.
                         for the Ozzie and Harriet Trust,
                           of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date: Oct. 23, 1962; Eu 742 183.
     Renewal   Date: June 22, 1990; RE-483-590.

     Recordings:


End Credits Theme 6 (circa 1962): "[The] Ozzie & Harriet Theme"

    [aka: "Ozzie & Harriet End Credit";

     Craig Pattillo's book says a composition by this title
     written by Jimmie Haskell was used for the final three 
     seasons, which would have been 1962 - 1966...however,
     this may have been an arrangement of the "Nelson Family 
     Theme", written by Ozzie Nelson -- see above...there
     was a kind of shuffle tune played by a big band which
     is more than likely this one...]
     
     Composer: Jimmie Haskell (ASCAP)
              [pseudonym of Sheridan Pearlman]

     1978 Publishers: [no listing in ASCAP]

     1997 Publishers: [no listing in ASCAP]

     2001 Publishers: Matragun Music, Inc. (BMI)
                         c/o Sony-ATV Songs, L.L.C.
                         of Nashville, TN

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


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