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Television's Greatest Hits: 65 TV Themes! From the 50's and 60's

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Released  1985
Label  TeeVee Toons
Release date  1985
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65 TV Themes! From the 50's and 60's is the first volume of the Television's Greatest Hits series of compilation albums by TVT Records. From the 50's and 60's was a double LP that featured 65 themes from television shows ranging from the mid-1950s until the late 1960s.


The album catalog was later acquired by The Bicycle Music Company. In September 2011, Los Angeles-based Oglio Records announced they were releasing the Television's Greatest Hits song catalog after entering into an arrangement The Bicycle Music Company. A series of 9 initial "6-packs" including some of the songs from the album has been announced for 2011.

Don Pardo "hosted" the original LP and cassette versions from 1985. Five tracks are exclusive to the original 1985 releases...

  • The first track on the first record/tape, side one, begins with a musical sample of Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood" from the Peer Gynt suite, which is interrupted by Don Pardo beginning the "broadcast day."
  • Side one concludes with a faux test announcement of the Emergency Broadcast System, leading into the "Duck and Cover" song (from the 1951 Civil Defense education film of the same name.)
  • Side two concludes with easy-listening music and Pardo making announcements of the "station" having technical difficulties and to please stand by. This was also sampled on Hexstatic's album Rewind.
  • Side three (the first side on the second record/tape) concludes with a medley of news themes and announcer voices, led off by Pardo announcing a faux news bulletin interrupting the "broadcast" over a music sample of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, specifically the "Scherzo" movement.
  • Side four (and the whole album) concludes with Don Pardo signing-off the "broadcast day" with a recording of the United States national anthem (enhanced with explosion and firework sounds near the end), and then fades on a test pattern tone (signaling the "station" has gone off the air.)
  • Track listing

    NOTE: An asterisk (*) designates a track that was re-recorded for either a later season of the TV show, a single/album by the theme song artist or this album. A double asterisk (**) denotes a track exclusive to the record and cassette versions only, and, except for the Japanese release on CBS/Sony, do not show up on any CD version.

    Side A (LP and Cassette versions)
    1. Peer Gynt: Morning Suite**
      Talking Voices (performed by): Don Pardo
      Music Composed by Edvard Grieg
    2. Captain Kangaroo ("Puffin' Billy")*
      Music Composed by Edward White
    3. The Little Rascals ("Good Old Days")
      Music Composed by Roy Shields
      First appeared in the 1930 Our Gang/Little Rascals short "Teacher's Pet"
    4. The Flintstones ("Meet the Flintstones")*
      Background Vocals sung by The Skip-Jacks
      Instruments played by a "22-piece Jazz band"
      (Music & Lyrics) Written by Hoyt Curtin, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera
    5. The Woody Woodpecker Show
      Music Composed by George Tibbles & Ramey Idriss
    6. The Bugs Bunny Show ("The Bugs Bunny Overture (This Is It!)") Written by Jerry Livingston & Mack David
    7. Casper the Friendly Ghost - Written by Jerry Livingston & M. David
    8. Felix the Cat - Written by Winston Sharples
      Soprano Vocals performed by Ann Bennett
    9. Popeye - Written by Sammy Lerner
      Music Arranged by Winston Sharples
    10. Yogi Bear - Written by H. Curtin, W. Hanna & J. Barbera
    11. Magilla Gorilla - Written by H. Curtin, W. Hanna & J. Barbera
    12. Top Cat
      Written by H. Curtin, W. Hanna, J. Barbera & Evelyn Timmens
    13. The Jetsons ("Meet George Jetson")
      Written by H. Curtin, W. Hanna & J. Barbera
    14. Fireball XL5 - Written by Barry Gray
      Vocals sung by Don Spencer
    15. Howdy Doody
      Lyrics Written by Buffalo Bob Smith & Edward Kean
      Talking Voices: Buffalo Bob Smith
      Background Vocals: "A Choir of 40-Children"
      Music based on the vaudeville song "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay", originally credited as composed by Henry J. Sayers
    16. Test of the Emergency Broadcast System - Duck and Cover**
      EBS Voice: Don Pardo
      "Duck and Cover" Songwriting Credited to Civil Defense Department
    Side B
    1. The Beverly Hillbillies ("The Ballad of Jed Clampett")*
      Performed by Flatt & Scruggs featuring Jerry Scoggins
      Written by Paul Henning
    2. Petticoat Junction* - Written by P. Henning & Curt Massey
      Vocals sung by Curt Massey
    3. Green Acres - Performed by Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor
      Written by Vic Mizzy
    4. Mister Ed - Vocals Performed by Jay Livingston
      Music Composed by Jay Livingston
      Lyrics Written by Ray Evans
    5. The Munsters - Music Composed by Jack Marshall
    6. The Addams Family - Written & Arranged by Vic Mizzy
      Background Vocals: Vic Mizzy
      Finger Snaps & Additional Voices: Ted Cassidy
    7. My Three Sons - Music Composed by Frank De Vol
    8. The Donna Reed Show* -
      Music Composed by Howard Greenfield & Jack Keller
    9. Leave It to Beaver ("The Toy Parade")* -
      Music Composed by Dave Kahn, Melvyn Leonard & Mort Greene
    10. Dennis the Menace* -
      Music Composed by John Seely & William Loose
    11. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis* -
      Music Composed by Lionel Newman
      Lyrics Written by Max Shulman
      Vocals performed by Judd Conlon's Rhythmaires
    12. The Patty Duke Show
      Written by Robert Wells, Sid Ramin & Harry Geller
      Vocals Sung by The Skip-Jacks
    13. The Dick Van Dyke Show* - Music Composed by Earle Hagen
    14. Gilligan's Island ("The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle")* -
      Written by George Wyle & Sherwood Schwartz
    15. McHale's Navy* - Music Composed by Axel Stordahl
    16. I Dream of Jeannie ("Jeannie")* -
      Music Composed by Hugo Montenegro & Buddy Kaye
    17. I Love Lucy* - Music Composed by Eliot Daniel & Harold Adamson
    18. The Andy Griffith Show ("The Fishin' Hole")*
      Performed by Earle Hagen
      Music Composed by E. Hagen & Herbert W. Spencer
    19. Please Stand By** - Voices: Don Pardo
    Side C
    1. Star Trek ("Theme from Star Trek")* - Written by Alexander Courage
      Monologue Voice narrated by William Shatner
      Soprano Vocals sung by Loulie Jean Norman
    2. Lost In Space* - Music Composed by Johnny T. Williams
    3. The Twilight Zone* - Music Composed by Marius Constant
    4. Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("Funeral March of a Marionette")*
      Music Composed by Charles Gounod
    5. Superman ("Superman March")
      Written & Arranged by Leon Klatzkin
      Narrator Voiced by Bill Kennedy
    6. Batman* - Written by Neal Hefti
      Contains replayed elements from "To the Batmobile", as performed by Nelson Riddle with Adam West & Burt Ward, with Dialog written by Lorenzo Semple Jr.
    7. Flipper* - Music Composed by Henry Vars
      Lyrics Written by William "By" Dunham
    8. Combat! - Music Composed by Leonard Rosenman
    9. The Rifleman* - Music Composed by Herschel Burke Gilbert
    10. Bonanza* - Performed by Al Caiola
      Music Composed by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
    11. Branded - Written by Dominic Frontiere & Alan Alch
    12. F Troop - Written by William Lava & Irving Taylor
    13. Rin Tin Tin - Music Composed by Stanley Keyana
    14. Daniel Boone* - Music Composed by Lionel Newman
      Lyrics Written by Ken Darby
      Lyrics Credited to Vera Matson
    15. The Wild Wild West* - Music Composed by Richard Markowitz
    16. The Lone Ranger (Music taken from "William Tell Overture")
      Music Composed by Gioachino Rossini
      Music Arranged by Ben Bonnell
      Orchestra conducted by Daniel Perez Castaneda
      Narrator Voices: Gerald Mohr & Fred Foy
      Sampled Voice ("Hi-Yo Silver"): Earle W. Graser
    17. The Roy Rogers Show ("Happy Trails")
      Written by Dale Evans & Foy Willing
    18. We Interrupt This Program - News Medley**
      Additional Voices: Don Pardo
      Featuring Music Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
    Side D
    1. Mission: Impossible* - Music Composed by Lalo Schifrin
    2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Music Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
    3. Get Smart* - Music Composed by Irving Szathmary
    4. Secret Agent Man* - Performed by Johnny Rivers
      Written by P. F. Sloan & Steve Barri
    5. Dragnet ("Theme and March")* - Performed by Ray Anthony
      Written by Walter Schumann
      Music based on the "Main Title", from the 1946 film "The Killers", composed & performed by Miklós Rózsa
    6. Perry Mason ("Park Avenue Beat")* -
      Music composed by Fred Steiner
    7. Adam-12 - Written by Frank Comstock
    8. The F.B.I. - Music Composed by Bronisław Kaper
    9. Hawaii Five-O* - Performed by The Ventures
      Music Composed by Morton Stevens
    10. 77 Sunset Strip* - Written by Jerry Livingston & Mack David
    11. Surfside 6 - Written by Jerry Livingston & M. David
    12. Ironside* - Music Composed by Quincy Jones
    13. Mannix* - Music Composed by L. Schifrin
    14. The Mod Squad - Music Composed by Earle Hagen
    15. The Tonight Show ("Johnny's Theme")* -
      Music Composed by Johnny Carson & Paul Anka
    16. The Late Show ("The Syncopated Clock")* -
      Music Composed by Leroy Anderson
    17. WTV Toons Sign-Off - The Star-Spangled Banner** -
      Voices: Don Pardo
      Music Composed by Francis Scott Key


    1Captain Kangaroo (Puffin’ Billy)Edward White0:51
    2The Little Rascals (Good Old Days)Roy Shields0:57
    3The FlintstonesHoyt Curtin1:25


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