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Sky King (children's adventure, starring Kirby Grant)

     (NBC Primetime, 1951 - 1952;
      ABC Primetime 1953 - 1954;
      Rerun on NBC, ABC, and CBS, 
      on both Daytime and Weekends through 1966)

     [from a radio series which aired on ABC 1946 - 1950,
      and on Mutual 1950 - 1954; the character of "Sky King"
      was that of a ranch owner who not only patrols his own
      ranch with his private plane, but helps on daring rescues
      and finding fugitives from his airborne vantage point...]


Theme 1 [from 1951]: "Main Title Fanfare and Western Theme"

     [Title and composer credit supplied by CBS Music Department
      in 1983; However, these were MUTEL library titles for the 
      "Death Valley Days" series theme, which was re-cycled
      through the Mutel and Capitol "Q" Series production music
      libraries. It's original title was "Twenty Mule Train", 
      with writer credits to Herb Taylor and Milt Raskin.]

     [Craig Pattillo book credits Joseph Solon and title
      "Western Theme" for first season (1951-1952) only.
      
      Library music expert Paul Mandell confirms the "ghost 
      writer" for Joseph Solon was actually Herb Taylor,
      who co-wrote "Twenty Mule Train" with Milt Raskin.]

      Composer: credited to Joseph Solon (BMI), and
                ghost written by Herb Taylor (ASCAP), with
                Milton W. ("Milt") Raskin (ASCAP)
               
     1978 Publisher: John Paul Music (ASCAP)
     
     1998 Publisher: John Paul Music (ASCAP),
                        of Los Angeles, CA
                        
     Copyright date: 
     
     Recordings: 
         78 rpm in the "MUTEL" (Music For Television) library,
      and 78 rpm 16" transcriptions in the Capitol "Q" Series library.
           Q- 99:3 Theme No. 216 OPENING (Western-Full)
           Q- 99:4 Theme No. 216 CLOSING (Western-Full)
           Q-101:2 Theme No. 216 LONG Version (Western)


Theme 2 [from 1953]: "Cracked Idol"

    [Title credit in Craig Pattillo book for "the last 12 seasons".
     He gives performer (not writer) credit for the soundtrack
     performance of the theme to "Alex Compinsky" and "H. Nelson",
     which do not jibe with current ASCAP or BMI records. In fact
     Alex Compinsky was the Music Supervisor for Jack Chertok
     Productions, a production company of the series.
     
     It's possible "Cracked Idol", wherever it came from, was
     a music library track used for re-runs of the series.
     
     This title does not appear in the current ASCAP or 
     BMI repertoire. It probably was a title in a music 
     library, which recycled other themes.]

     Composer: *under investigation*
     
     Original Publisher:
     
     1978 Publisher: [unknown]
     
     1998 Publishers: [none found in current Repertoire]
     
     Copyright date:
     
     Recordings:


Theme 3 : "Sky King Theme (M & E)"

     Composers: Paul Sawtell (ASCAP), and
                Bert A. Shefter (ASCAP)
           
     1978 Publisher: Bert Shefter Prod., Inc. (ASCAP)
     
     1998 Publisher:  Bert Shefter Productions (ASCAP),
                        of West Hollywood, CA
                        
     Copyright date:
     
     Recordings:


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