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The $64,000 Question / $64,000 Challenge (quiz, hosted by Hal March)

    (CBS Primetime, 1955 - 1958, as "The $64,000 Question";

     ...and spin-offs:
     CBS Primetime, 1956 - 1958, as "The $64,000 Challenge";
     Syndicated,    1976 - 1978, as "The $128,000 Question")

    [Produced by Steve Carlin for Revlon; a spin-off series was called 
    "The $64,000 Challenge" where winners from the "$64,000 Question" 
     could compete for even higher prize money; 

     During the height of their popularity, these shows were 
     caught up and tainted by the 1950's Quiz Show Scandals which 
     began with the revelation about how contestants on "21" had 
     been given answers in advance by producers who wanted to 
     manipulate the national drama of winners and losers in order
     to generate high ratings;

     Both the "$64,000 Question" and "$64,000 Challenge" used the 
     same THEME music and cues, which also was used in newer
     arrangements for the "$128,000 Question";

     This syndicated 1976 version called "The $128,000 Question"
     was produced 20 years later; the first season it was hosted by 
     Mike Darrow, and then Alex Trebek took over for the second 
     syndicated season (in 1977);

     All of the above series including the syndicated revival 20 
     years later were sponsored by Revlon cosmetics.]

Billboard Opening: "Revlon Sparkle Opening"

    [this was used behind the opening sponsor billboard sequence]

     Composers: music by Norman F. Leyden (BMI)

     Original Publisher: Tree Publishing Co. (BMI)
                            of New York, NY

     2005 Publishers: Alley Music Corp. (BMI)
                         c/o Carlin America, Inc.
                         of New York, NY; and
                      Tree Publishing Co., Inc. (BMI)
                         of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:


Theme: "The $64,000 Question Theme Music"

    [above is the title as filed for copyright; BMI Alternate titles
     aka: "The Sixty-Four Thousand Dollar Question";
     aka: "The $128,000 Question";
     aka: "The One-Hundred Twenty-Eight Thousand Dollar Question"]

     vocal title: "Love is the $64,000 Question", with lyrics
     by Fred Ebb who was later to write musical comedies as part
     of the composing team of Kander & Ebb;

     According to contributer Lee Withers, the music director for
     "The $128,000 Question" was Charles Randolph Grean, who did
     not receive screen credit for re-arranging the Leyden themes
     or conducting the Syndicated 1976 version of the show that
     was produced in New York featuring host Mike Darrow; Grean
     did record this version of the Main Theme on a 45-rpm single;

     Music credit onscreen for "The $128,000 Question" was finally
     given to Guido Basso, a Canadian musician who re-arranged and
     re-recorded the Leyden Themes yet again -- in 1977 -- when the 
     show moved to production in Canada with host Alex Trebek.]

     Composers: music by Norman F. Leyden (BMI), with
                lyric added by Fred Ebb (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: Tree Publishing Co. (BMI)
                            of New York, NY

     2001 Publisher: Tree Publishing Company (BMI)
                            of New York, NY

    [copyright information courtesy contributor T. Perrone]:
     Instrumental Copyright Date: Feb. 8, 1956; Ep 96 972.
     Instrumental Renewal   Date:

        45rpm single: "Love is the $64,000 Question"
                       Hal March, vocalist
                       Columbia 4-40684 (1956)

Additional Cues related to the THEME had separate copyrights:

     All Cues written by composer: Norman F. Leyden (BMI)
     Original Publisher: Tree Publishing Co. (BMI)
                         of New York, NY

    Title: "The $64,000 Question Entrance and Exit Music"
     Copyright Date: Feb 8, 1956; Ep 96713

    Title: "The $64,000 Question March Theme"
     Copyright Date: Feb 8, 1956; Ep 96714

    Title: "The $64,000 Question Machine Music"
     Copyright Date: Feb 8, 1956; Ep 96710

    Title: "The $64,000 Question Suspense Music"
     Copyright Date: Feb 8, 1956; Ep 96712

    Title: "The $64,000 Question Music Fanfares --
           $64, $128, $256, $512, $1000, $2000, $4000"
     Copyright Date: Feb 8, 1956; Ep 96711

    [copyright information courtesy contributor T. Perrone]

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