HeHeHe......This is why you love me!!
The first TV theme ever to become a Top 40 Hit was the theme from "Dragnet". It was recorded by bandleader Ray Anthony as "The Dragnet March" in 1953 and reached #3 on the national charts. At the time, it was the 2nd most popular show on TV behind "I Love Lucy"..
"Bonanza" was one of the most popular TV shows of the 60's. It's theme song-an instrumental by guitarist Al Caiola- Hit #19 on the charts in 1961.
Most fans NEVER knew that there were lyrics to the theme song! At the end of the pilot episode, Ben, Adam, Hoss, and little Joe, all rode off into the sunset singing....
"WE got a right to pick a little fight, BONANZA....Anyone fight with any one of us....They got to fight with me"!! The song was sooooo awful, that it has only been shown on blooper shows only, since that pilot!
When "Happy Days" made it's debut in 1974, It did not have a theme song. Instead the producers used "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets. In 1955, it was a #1 hit
but had not been on the charts since. The show was so popular, that Haley briefly resurrected his career again in 74. In 1976 a new theme was introduced. "Happy Days", was sung by a duo named Pratt and Mclain, It immediately shot to the #5 spot on the national charts!
"Gilligans Island" creator Sherwood Schwartz had a hell of a time selling this show to CBS. Network execs insisted that the viewers that tuned in for the 1st time, would have a tough time following the story line. They wanted Schwartz to turn it into a sitcom about a charter boat captain....Desperately wanting to keep the original premise, he came up with a solution: He wrote a theme song that described who the characters were, and how they wound up on the island...During the final presentation of the pilot to CBS execs, he abruptly got up and performed the tune. They bought the show!!!
There you have it....Oh, one final thought to throw out to Barman, Top Cat, Charles, or any "interested party"...Ginger Or Mary-Ann???????..G