name of this song

name of this song

hal smith
hal smith

February 15th, 2011, 7:29 am #1

Does anyone know the opening theme of this radio showhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/project-wo ... on-the-air
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vince giordano
vince giordano

February 15th, 2011, 2:21 pm #2

it's RIALTO RIPPLES written by George Gershwin and Will Donaldson from 1917. It was used on the Ernie Kovaks show
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February 15th, 2011, 7:26 pm #3

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hal smith
hal smith

February 16th, 2011, 7:53 am #4

it's RIALTO RIPPLES written by George Gershwin and Will Donaldson from 1917. It was used on the Ernie Kovaks show
thanks so much Vince it's been driving me crazy for days. hal
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Brad Kay
Brad Kay

February 16th, 2011, 10:57 pm #5

it's RIALTO RIPPLES written by George Gershwin and Will Donaldson from 1917. It was used on the Ernie Kovaks show
Not only "Rialto Ripples," but this self-same recording of it was used by Ernie Kovacs as his TV theme music, at both ends of the show. This is how I first encountered the tune.

It sounds very much like a pre-existing commercial record, not something made especially for Kovacs, who liked incorporating "found" objects into his comedy.

Does anyone know the label and artist?

-Brad K
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February 16th, 2011, 11:42 pm #6


.... http://www.erniekovacs.info/Kcollect.html

<em>"<strong>Oriental Blues"</strong> -- Ernie's theme song (partially lifted from a Gershwin piano piece called Rialto Ripples) was released as a 45 rpm record by MGM Records. The flip side is something called "Hey, Taxi!", and I think has Ernie on it.</em>

Lots of information about the music used at the beginning and end of the show is found in

http://www.erniekovacs.info/Kchusid.html

The score of "Oriental Blues" is available in http://www.erniekovacs.info/erniekovacstheme.pdf 

The closing theme of the show can be heard in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-W5_rPJ384

From http://www.classicthemes.com/50sTVTheme ... ovacs.html
<h4><a></a>Theme: "Oriental Blues" </h4>

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    [as per entry in "Rags & Ragtime--a Musical History" --   ML 3561, R33J29, this piece is based \

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upon "Rialto Ripples"  by the teenage George Gershwin collaborating with Walter Donaldson. Comparison \

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of the melodies verifies that the "A" themes of both pieces are nearly identical. Credit for arranging \

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"Oriental Blues" is given to Billy James.]   Composers: Richard "Jack" Newlon (ASCAP)  \

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Original Publisher: Jack Newlon Pub. Co. (ASCAP) of Glenside, PA    \

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Sheet Music Pub:    Top Tunes Co., of Ocean, NJ;   selling agent: Keys Music, Inc. of New York, NY  \

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Later Publishers:   Damian Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP), and Mokell Music (ASCAP) \

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1997 Publishers: Damian Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP), and  Mokell Music (ASCAP)   \

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Copyright Dates: 1950, 1951 on sheet music.         \

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Recordings:  78rpm single: Top Tunes 443 (1952)  Tony De Simone Trio  78rpm single: Decca 29183 \

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Tony De Simone Trio   45rpm single: Epic 9059  Tony De Simone  45rpm single: MGM 12408 (1957)\

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Leroy Holmes and his Tugboat Eight also recorded by Jan August \

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Reissues: CD: "The Ernie Kovacs Record Collection"  [contains reissues of versions #1 and #4 above]\

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Varese Sarabande VSD 5789  (1997)\

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Albert\
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Brad Kay
Brad Kay

February 17th, 2011, 2:43 am #7

Well, there it is!

BK
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