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Your Hit Parade (music)

     (NBC Primetime, 1950 - 58, with Raymond Scott and his Orchestra;
      CBS Primetime, 1958 - 59, with Harry Sosnik and his Orchestra;
      CBS Primetime, 1974, with Milton DeLugg and his Orchestra)
     
     [This TV series originated as "Your Lucky Strike Hit Parade" on 
      radio sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. It had debuted in
      1935 on NBC Radio with the Lennie Hayton orchestra, and then
      had a series of rotating orchestras appearing until 1939 when
      Harry Warnow took over. Then in 1947, Axel Stordahl (Frank Sinatra's
      conductor) led the orchestra for two seasons.

      During its radio run, the series had become a fixture of pop
      culture on Saturday Nights. And was so successful it even had
      spawned a second show on Wednesday Nights which then moved to CBS.
      It had originated the concept of a "countdown" of the most popular
      songs of the day performed live by vocalists and an orchestra, which
      culminated with the revealing of the "Number One" song in the country
      performed at the end of the show.
      
      It came to television on NBC in 1950 as a simulcast broadcast of
      the radio show for three years. Then in 1953 the radio series was
      dropped but it remained on television for another five seasons. 

      In 1950 when it deubuted on TV, novelty instrumental writer and 
      bandleader Raymond Scott (the new name for Harry Warnow) returned, 
      and he the conductor for those eight years from 1950 - 1958.

      In 1958, the TV series lost ratings and CBS picked up the show but
      made changes: the older "middle-of-the-road" singers and staff were
      replaced with younger people to better perform the newer styles of
     "rock and roll" that were coming into vogue. That attempt only survived
      one season as teenage dance programs such as "American Bandstand" 
      showed they had a more winning style by playing the original recordings
      and having performers "lip-sync" rather than using a live orchestra.

      A short-lived revival of "Hit Parade" was attempted in 1974.]


Open Jingle/Theme 1: "Be Happy, Go Lucky"

    [aka: "Be Happy - Go Lucky!", "Be Happy - Go Luckies" and 
     "L.S. Jingle No. 2"]

     The 1951 sheet music has a cover picture of Dorothy Collins and the
     title variant "Be Happy - Go Lucky!"
     
     Inside is the notation: "Performed by Dorothy Collins, Raymond Scott,
     and Your Lucky Strike Orchestra."
     
     Although there is no writer credit on the sheet music itself, only
     "Copyright 1950, 1951 by The American Tobacco Company", the ASCAP
     records show that Raymond Scott was the creator. No lyric writer
     credit is given separately, although presumably such jingles as
     these may have had an advertising copywriter writing lyrics.

     Composer: Raymond Scott (ASCAP) [pseudonym of Harry Warnow]
     
     1978 Publisher: [not listed in ASCAP]

     2000 Publisher: [not listed in ASCAP]

     [as "L.S. Jingle No. 2"]:
     Unpublished Copyright Date: July 26, 1950; EU 210 765.

     [as "Be Happy - Go Luckies"]:
     Unpublished Copyright Date: July 26, 1950; EU 210 769.
    
     [as "Be Happy, Go Lucky]:
     Published Copyright Date: Feb. 6, 1951; EP 53 853.

     Recordings:


Open Theme 2: "Lucky Day"
                                from the musical revue"George White's Scandals" [8th edition, of 1926]

    [aka: "(This is Your) Lucky Day"]

     Composers: music by Ray Henderson (ASCAP), with
                lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva (ASCAP),
                Stephen W. Ballantine (ASCAP), and
                Lew Brown (ASCAP)

     1978 Publishers: Anne Rachel Music (ASCAP); and
                      Harms Inc. (ASCAP)

     2000 Publishers: Harms Inc. (ASCAP)
                         c/o Warner Bros. Inc.,
                         of Los Angeles, CA;
                      Ray Henderson Music Co. (ASCAP),
                         of Greenwich, CT; and
                      The Songwriters Guild (ASCAP),
                         of Weehawken, NJ.

     Composition Date: 1926

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:   


Close Theme 3: "So Long For A While"

    [from from a melody originally written by 
          Irving Chansky (ASCAP) who also wrote the lyrics]

     Composers: music and lyrics by Irving Chansky (ASCAP),
                adapted and arranged by Raymond Scott (ASCAP) 
               [pseudonym of Harry Warnow]
               
     1978 Publisher: [this version and original are not listed in ASCAP;
                      a later arrangement, by Milton DeLugg in 1974,
                      was filed for copyright by Chuck Barris Prod.]

     2000 Publisher: [no publisher listed in the ASCAP database]

     Copyright Date: Jan. 18, 1941; Eu 248 619.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:   

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