Re: [bbshop] Tonight Show clarification
- At 10:13 PM 12/1/2002 +0000, schlesmail wrote:
>Wrong info, Roger. The "Tonight Show" theme was written by Paul Anka.That depends upon, of course, which version of "The Tonight Show" theme it
> THE REAL Paul Anka.
is. Steve Allen DID write the theme for the show that was played during the
years that he hosted. Trust me on this one, guys. I went through all this
when we were working on using a snippet of the theme (the one played during
the Johnny Carson years) when I sang tenor with "The Tonight Show" quartet.
- Helen Giallombardo
....a leftover from the Steve Allen Tonight-hosting days, used briefly at
the end of the Carson show...] Composer: Steven Valentine ("Steve") Allen
Main Theme: "Johnny's Theme"
[aka: "Here's Johnny"]
[original title: "Toot Sweet"]
[vocal title: "It's Really Love (Faibles Femmes)"]
[This catchy ditty was written by Paul Anka under the name of
"Toot Sweet". After lyrics were added in 1959 it was called
"It's Really Love" and it was recorded by Annette Funicello on
the LP, "Annette Sings".
In 1962, when Johnny Carson took over the NBC "Tonight Show",
he commissioned Anka for a new THEME song, via his company
called "Management Agency & Music Publishing, Inc."
Anka must have suggested re-using this old tune, which does
have a pleasant bouncy feel and does seem to fit. Since it
was technically a deal under a "work for hire" contract,
Johnny became the "author" for copyright purposes too, and got
a piece of not only the publishing but the composer's share
too. Both Anka and Carson's names are listed for the purpose
of collecting BMI performance royalties....
Of course, it must have been worth it: Anka once said,
he got $200 in royalties every time the show aired....]
Composers: Paul Anka (BMI), and [technically]
John William ("Johnny") Carson (BMI)
Original Publishers: Chrysalis Standards, Inc. (BMI), and
Here's Johnny Music (BMI)
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