WELCOME TO THE DIRECTORY OF TV GAME SHOW THEMES

Here in one place you'll find an alphabetical listing of titles, composers and publishers of the music from some classic - and not-so-classic - tv game shows. Those titles marked with musical notes can be heard in their entirety at The 80s TV Themes Supersite.

(THE)ALL-NEW LET'S MAKE A DEAL
A Stefan Hatos-Monty Hall Production
Host: Monty Hall (Synd. - Telepictures)
Composers: Sheldon Allman-Todd Thicke
Pub.: Friday Music BMI

ALL-STAR BLITZ
A Merrill Heatter Production in assoc. with
Peter Marhall Enterprises
Host: Peter Marshall (ABC)
Composer: Bob Israel; Produced by Score Productions
Pub.: MERRELAINE MUSIC
A DIVISION OF THE BLITZ COMPANY INC
C/O SCORE PRODUCTIONS INC
254 EAST 49TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10017-1502

ALSO CREDITED TO:
Sheila Cole (Israel)
Pub. Merrill Heatter Music Co
1011 NO ROXBURY DRIVE
BEVERLY HILLS , CA, 90210
Alternate title in ASCAP Databse: "Gabby's Theme"
Note: The name "Merrelaine" is a combination of
the first names of game show producer
Merrill Heatter and his wife, Elaine Stewart

There were two versions of the theme,
one vocal and one instrumental.
The awful vocal version can be heard
at the 80s TV Themes Supersite.

BARGAIN HUNTERS
A Merrill Heatter Production
Host: Peter Tomarken (ABC)
Composer: Bob Israel; Produced by Score Productions, Inc.
Pub: MERRELAINE MUSIC
A DIVISION OF THE BLITZ COMPANY INC
C/O SCORE PRODUCTIONS INC
254 EAST 49TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10017-1502

THE BETTER SEX
A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production
Hosts: Bill Anderson & Sarah Purcell (ABC)
Composer/Publisher: Unknown
Produced by Score Productions

BLOCKBUSTERS
Host: Bill Cullen (NBC)
Composer: Bob Cobert
Publisher: CHERRY RIVER MUSIC CO. BMI
TATTLE TALES MUSIC BMI
c/o MARK GOODSON PROD.
ATTN: STEVE LOVE
2700 COLORADO AVE
SANTA MONICA, CA 90404
Note: Available on Best of TV Game & Quiz Show Music CD

BLOCKBUSTERS (Second version)
Host: Bill Rafferty (NBC)
Composer: Stanley Blits (?) for the Music Design Group
Pub.: Unknown
Note: This theme was later used by CBS to promote "Newhart"
and in the Washington D.C. Area to promote 6-12 Convenience Stores (thank you, Ranger Ian!)


BODY LANGUAGE
A Mark Goodson Production
Host: Tom Kennedy
Composer/Publisher: BOB ISRAEL, TOGO MUSIC, INC.(BMI).
Sheila Cole is credited as writing some of the BL background cues.
Note:The complete theme and ticket/contestant plug cue,
which served as the basis for the theme to CLASSIC CONCENTRATION,
can be heard at the 80s TV Themes Supersite.


BREAK THE BANK
Hosts:Tom Kennedy (ABC)/Jack Barry (Synd. - Colbert)
Legal Title: "Hustle The Bank"
Composer: STUART ZACHARY LEVIN
Publisher: Lindenhurst Music Inc. BMI as of 2000
Note: A bad dub of this theme can be found on
the Best of TV Game & Quiz Show Music CD;
the tune can also be heard on
the 80s TV Themes Supersite.

1980s version:
Hosts: Gene Rayburn, Joe Farago
Composer: Hal Smith Hidey
Publisher: Kinder-Kline Music ASCAP

BULLSEYE
A Jack Barry-Dan Enright Production
Host: Jim Lange (Synd.- Colbert)
Composer: Hal Smith Hidey
Publisher: Dojo Music Company, ASCAP
Note: BULLSEYE Themes and cues can be heard at
the 80s TV Themes Supersite


CAESAR'S CHALLENGE
Host: Ahmad Rashad (NBC)
Composer: "STORMY" (STEVEN RICHARD) SACKS
Publisher: S J C MUSIC
% ANDREW R HUBSCH
7083 HOLLYWOOD BLVD
HOLLYWOOD, CA, 90028
Tel. (323) 465-5800

CARD SHARKS
A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production
Host: Jim Perry (NBC)
Composer: Bob Israel
TATTLE TALES MUSIC BMI
c/o MARK GOODSON PROD.
ATTN: STEVE LOVE
2700 COLORADO AVE
SANTA MONICA, CA 90404
Second version:
A Mark Goodson Production
Hosts: Bob Eubanks (CBS), Bill Rafferty (Synd.)
Legal Title: "New Card Sharks"
Composer: EDD KALEHOFF
Publisher: KEEP MUSIC CO. BMI
See TATTLE TALES MUSIC for address
Additional NEW CARD SHARKS BG Cues:
Composer: BOB ISRAEL
Publishers: Keep Music Co., Tattle Tales Music, BMI
Third Version: A Mark Goodson Production
Host: Pat Bullard (Synd., Fremantle/Tribune)
Title: "Stick Your Head In" (Card Sharks Theme)
Composers: ALAN ETT, SCOTT G. LIGGETT & GREGORY V. SHERMAN
Publisher: PEARSON ALTO MUSIC
C/O PEARSON TELEVISION MUSIC
ATT ANDY BUCKINGHAM
1 STEPHEN STREET
LONDON W1T 1AL
Note: The first Card Sharks theme was also used
as the theme for DOUBLE DARE (not to be confused with
the Nickelodeon kids' game). A short version can be heard
in stereo on the Score Productions website;
a short mono theme can be heard on
the Classic TV Game Show Themes CD;
the complete themes for Versions 1 & 2
can be heard at the 80s TV Themes Supersite.


CHILD'S PLAY
A Mark Goodson Production
Host: Bill Cullen (CBS)
Composer/Publisher: Unknown
Note: The CHILD'S PLAY Opening and closing themes
can be heard at the 80s TV Themes Supersite.


CLASSIC CONCENTRATION
A Mark Goodson Production
Host: Alex Trebek (NBC)
Composer: Bob Israel
Pub.: Keep Music Co. BMI
Note: The CLASSIC CONCENTRATION Theme was based
on a ticket/contestant plug piece on another Mark Goodson show,
BODY LANGUAGE (see above title).


CONCENTRATION
A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production
Host: Jack Narz (Synd. - Jim Victory Television)
Composers: Edd Kalehoff and Bob Israel
Publishers: Keep Music Co., BMI
Sound Services, Inc. BMI
Note: Short stereo clips of the above two themes can
be heard at the Score Productions website.


THE DATING GAME
A Chuck Barris Production
Host: Jim Lange (ABC; Syndicated)
Composers: Chuck Barris and David Mook
Publisher: BARRIS MUSIC CORP. ASCAP
Also: GAME SHOW NETWORK MUSIC INC
c/o SONY/ATV TUNES LLC
8 MUSIC SQUARE WEST
NASHVILLE , TN, 37203
Note: This theme can be heard on the Classic TV Game Show Themes CD.
The late David Mook was said to have also composed
the original theme for SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU?


DOUBLE DARE
A Nickelodeon Production
Host: Marc Summers
Composer: EDD KALEHOFF
Publisher: MUSIC BY NICKLEODEON, INC.
C/O FAMOUS MUSIC PUBLISHING
ATTN ALAN WALTER
V .P. FINANCE
10635 SANTA MONICA BLVD SUITE 300
LOS ANGELES, CA 90025
Note: An updated version was created in 2000,
composed by Edd Kalehoff and RICK WITKOWSKI.


FAMILY FEUD
A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production
Host: Richard Dawson (ABC, Synd.-Viacom);
Ray Combs (CBS, Synd.-Viacom)
Composers: BOB ISRAEL, EDD KALEHOFF
Publishers: Keep Music Co., Tattle Tales Music BMI
Note: There is understandably some confusion
as to who really wrote what
when it came to Score Productions themes,
as is often the case with a Bob Israel credit.
Many times, Score Productions themes
are written as "for hire" works
under Bob Israel's supervision.


FUN HOUSE
Host: J.D. Roth
Composers: Either Bob Israel, or MATTHEW ENDER and JONATHAN FIRSTENBERG
Pub.: Lorimar Bee Music BMI

GO!
A Bob Stewart Production
Host: Kevin O'Connell (NBC)
Composer: BOB COBERT
Pub.: BASADA, Inc. (BMI)

HEADLINE CHASERS
Wink Martindale Enterprises/Merv Griffin Productions
Host: Wink Martindale (Synd. - King World)
Composer: MERV GRIFFIN
Pub. Tecolote Music, Inc.

HIGH ROLLERS
Version One:
A Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley Production
Host: Alex Trebek (NBC; Syndication - Rhodes Productions)
Composer: STAN WORTH
Publisher: ORION MUSIC PUBLISHING INC
C/O METRO GOLDWYN MAYER INC
2500 BROADWAY STREET
SANTA MONICA , CA, 90404
Tel. (310) 449-3810
Version Two:
A Merrill Heatter Production
in association with Century Towers Productions
Host: Wink Martindale (Synd. - Orion TV)
Composer: BOB ISRAEL
Publisher: Musicways (BMI)
C/O UNIVERSAL SONGS OF POLYGRAM INTERNATIONAL INC
ATTN: COPYRIGHT MANAGER
2440 SEPULVEDA BLVD SUITE 100
LOS ANGELES, CA 90064-1712

THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
Version One:
A Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley Production
Host: Peter Marshall (NBC)
First Theme: "The Silly Song"
Composers: JIMMIE HASKELL and STEVE ALLEN
Publisher: Universal Songs of Polygram, Inc. (BMI)
Second Theme (NBC/Synd.):
"Bob & Merrill's Theme"/"Merril & Bob's Theme"
Composer:WILLIAM LOOSE
Publisher: DON GREAT MUSIC/
MAY-LOO MUSIC INC BMI
HEATTER-QUIGLEY INC BMI
(DEBTOR-IN-POSSESSION)
C/O NEXT DECADE ENTERTAINMENT INC
730 5TH AVE,9TH FL
NEW YORK, NY 10019-4105

Third Theme:
Same as above, arr. by STAN WORTH
Fourth Theme:
"The Match Game - Hollywood Squares Hour"
See "(The) Match Game"
Fifth Theme:
A Century Towers Production
Host: John Davidson (Synd. - Orion TV)
Composer: "STORMY" (STEVEN RICHARD) SACKS
Publisher: ORION MUSIC PUBLISHING INC (ASCAP)
C/O METRO GOLDWYN MAYER INC
2500 BROADWAY STREET
SANTA MONICA , CA, 90404
Tel. (310) 449-3810
Sixth Theme:
"NEW HOLLYWOOD SQUARES"
A Moffitt-Lee Production in assoc. with
One Ho Productions, Inc.
and King World Studios West, Inc.
Host: Tom Bergeron (Synd. - King World)
Composers: JENNI MULDAUR and PAUL DAVID WEINBERG
Publisher: KWP MUSIC
A DIVISION OF INSIDE EDITIONS, INC.
C/O KING WORLD
830 MORRIS TURNPIKE
SHORT HILLS, NJ 07078
Seventh (and current) Theme:
"Hollywood Square Biz"
Composers: TEENA MARIE BROCKERT and ALLEN HENRY McGRIER
Publishers: JOBETE MUSIC CO INC. (ASCAP)
% EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING
ATTN: VICE PRES., COPYRIGHT ADMIN.
810 SEVENTH AVENUE
36TH FLOOR
NEW YORK , NY, 10019
Tel. (212) 830-2036
MC NELLA MUSIC
16432 JERSEY STREET
GRANADA HILLS , CA, 91344
Tel. (818) 360-3435

HOT POTATO
Host: Bill Cullen (NBC)
A Jack Barry & Dan Enright Production
Composer: HAL SMITH HIDEY
Pub.: DOJO MUSIC ASCAP

JACKPOT
A Bob Stewart Production
Host: Geoff Edwards (NBC)
Legal Title: "Jet Set"
Composer: MIKE VICKERS
Publisher: KPM MUSIC DIV (ASCAP)
Cable Version:
A Bob & Sande Stewart Production
Hosts: Blake Emmons, Mike Darrow
Composer: BOB COBERT
Pub. BASADA, INC. (BMI)
Syndicated version:
A Bob & Sande Stewart Production
Host: Geoff Edwards
Same Bob Cobert theme