The original theme. Yeah, there were two of them. Both, I think by Billy May.
I know the original one was. It was recorded with lyrics by some singer as
"Somewhere In The Night", and was a bit of a hit. On the show, it was an
instrumental, with a wailing trumpet lead, probably Billy's. It was really lush,
and evocative of New York.
The replacement theme. I think it was also by Billy May. Not as lush. More
muted horns, but equally evocative of New York. It's pretty much a tossup between the two themes,
and I don't know why they changed in mid-stream.
Both suited the tag line "There are eight million stories in the Naked City.
This has been one of them." equally well.
By the way, I have it on good authority that the actor who uttered that line was
a man named Lawrence Dobkin.
Now, who else is going to tell you this kind of stuff?
"The Thin Man"
The original theme. A bouncy, sophisticated, "Aren't Nick and Nora a charming
couple." sort of theme.
"The Thin Man"
The replacement theme. Again, pretty much a tossup. I think the change came
about because they acquired a car sponsor. So a jazzier, movement-oriented theme
was summoned up. I believe the sponsor was Plymouth. And you know how those sophisticated New Yorkers liked to tool around town in their Plymouths, with the big tailfins and everything.
An uplifting, upbeat piece of music, describing high school as a place, when I was
in fact IN high school, as a place you wanted to be. And there was an air of importance about it.
This preceded metal detectors and places like Columbine.
It was a different time, wasn't it?
It was also a very good show.
No, not the legal series that evolved into "Boston Legal". I don't remember what either of those two themes sounded like.
I'm referring to the sitcom starring Danny Thomas as a crusty old doctor who made sure he had time for his patients above all else.
A very underrated series. One that should have had a longer life.
The theme music evoked everything that was charming about the show.
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