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Tonight! (comedy variety, with Steve Allen)

     (NBC Late Night, 1954 - 1956;
      NBC on Wed - Friday nights only, 1956 - 1957)

     [Since he had another Sunday night show also, the
      network brought in Ernie Kovacs to host Mon-Tues.]


Open Theme 1 (1954 - 1956): "Mister Moon"

    [aka: "Mr. Moon";

     Verified in a 1982 letter from Nita Bush in Steve Allen's 
     office. Credit also in Gelfand book. Pattillo may have 
     erred, in crediting "Tonight" as the main/open theme. 
     Apparently "Mister Moon" was used from 1954 - 1956]

     Composer: Steve Allen (ASCAP)
              [Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen]

     1978 Publisher: Rosemeadow Publishing Corp. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: All Nations Music (ASCAP),
                         Beverly Hills, CA

     Copyright Date: Nov. 30, 1954; Eu 378 918.
     Renewal   Date: June  7, 1982; RE-131-875.

     Recordings:
          LP: "Some of My Favorites" (1964)
              Hamilton HLP-132/HLP-12132
              Steve Allen


Open Theme 2 (1956 - 1957): "This Could Be The Start of Something Big"
                                  from the 1954 TV musical production "The Bachelor"

    [Apparently only used as open theme between 1956 - 1957.
     It was used as the Main theme on "The Steve Allen Show".

     In an article in the "National Enquirer" 11/12/85, the
     composer described this piece as "the most commercially 
     successful song" of the over 4000 tunes he has written. 

     In the same article, he also admitted he gets ideas for
     the melodies and even lyrics of songs in his sleep. He 
     said about this piece, that in 1954 he was wrestling with
     the problem of a tune needed for a TV production called 
     "The Bachelor." He said, "I wakened from my sleep having
     just dreamed the catchy melody and four or five lines of
     lyrics...I went to the piano and played the tune. The
     basic idea of it was all there in my dream, and when I
     awoke I just wrote it down and finished it off." And
     that song was "This Could Be the Start of Something."]

     Composer: Steve Allen (ASCAP)
              [Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen]

     1978 Publisher: Rosemeadow Publishing Corp. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: All Nations Music (ASCAP),
                         of Beverly Hills, CA

     Composition Date: 1954, according to composer Allen

     Copyright Date: Apr. 27, 1956; Eu 436 597.
     Renewal   Date: May  25, 1984; RE-209-808.

     Recordings:
          LP: "Some of My Favorites" (1964)
              Hamilton HLP-132/HLP-12132
              Steve Allen            


Close Theme: "Tonight"

    [aka: "Tonight Theme"]

     Composer: Steve Allen (ASCAP)
              [Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen]

     1978 Publisher: Rosemeadow Publishing Corp. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: All Nations Music (ASCAP),
                         of Beverly Hills, CA

     Copyright Date: Dec. 10, 1954; Eu 379 764.
     Renewal   Date: June  7, 1982; RE-131-881.

     Recordings:
          LP: "Music For Tonight" (1955)
               Coral CRL-57004
               Steve Allen

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