(NBC Primetime, 1955 - 1958; Syndicated)
[above is title as filed for copyright; ASCAP title: "People s Choice"; aka: "Bits of Music", according to TV Guide article "It Seems To Me I've Heard That Theme Before", 7/28/56 Kosloff music credit in both TV Guide and in Patillo, but on the copy filed for copyright only Freed's name appears.] Composers: Lou Kosloff (ASCAP), and Ralph Freed (ASCAP) Original Publisher: Spartan Music Co., Ltd. (ASCAP) 1998 Publisher: Polygram International (ASCAP) Copyright Date: July 1, 1965; Eu 890 895.
[above is BMI Title; aka: "Theme No. 654" in the Capitol "Q" Series Library] [This THEME is a "knock-off" of the "Jack Benny TV Theme" which was also composed by Mahlon Merrick. This composition commissioned by the MUTEL Music Service of David Chudnow, is very close, but not identical to the melody of the Benny THEME. It seems to be a mixture of phrases from 2 other THEMES: the Jack Benny TV THEME and "Private Secretary", both Merrick originals...as if the directions were "we would really like something JUST LIKE your THEMEs for 'Benny' and 'Private Secretary'..." and the composer took these instructions literally. Oh well, if it makes the client happy...:-)] Composer: Gene Le Grande (ASCAP/BMI) [pseudonym of Mahlon Legrand Merrick] Original Publisher of cues: [unknown] 2001 Publisher: Palisades Music Publishing Company (BMI) of Tampa, FL Copyright Date: Recordings: From the MUTEL music library [original versions] 78rpm reference disks in the Capitol "Q" Series library from Capitol Special Products Q-307: cut 1: Theme No. 654 - OPENING (Bright) Q-307: cut 2: Theme No. 654 - CLOSING (Bright) Q-309: cut 1: Theme No. 654 - THEME FILL (Bright) Q-309: cut 2: Theme No. 654 - Play On (Bright) Q-309: cut 3: Theme No. 654 - Play Off (Bright)