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Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Show MUTEL Theme Music

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:37 am
by Hal Evans
I was awestruck when I heard Doris Day sing,"My Heart Is Yours" on an OTR web show a few months ago. This song IS the Johnny Dollar theme. I'm referring to that hauntingly beautiful, rhapsodic melody from the old MUTEL production library that opened the JD show in the 50s & 60s, till it went off the air. Ironically, there was a Doris Day movie called, "Midnight Lace" that had a similar melody line! I doubt if this is just coincidence. :) :idea:


Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:09 pm
by Alan
Sounds awesome...i will be looking for it.

Any directions as to where i might hear a sample clip?


Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:34 am
by Guest
Hi Alan! Regarding the Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar show theme itself, there's a website that has a regularly scheduled JD show. That's the WNAR web site. Look it up on their daily schedule. I can't exactly recall the time. Then I'd suggest the Radio Spirits web site for the When Radio Was show listings. It's a waiting game though. No advance schedule. Same hit and miss waiting game on the other old time radio web sites. As to the Doris Day song, "My Heart Is Yours," I just happened to hear it on a (unsure of spelling here) SPERDVAC show this last summer on Yesterday Radio. I jumped out of my chair when I heard it. The announcer made no direct reference to that being the JD theme. Subtle! Ha! So now, that was from the Doris Day movie of the same name, which I found for sale on a web site. I do recall hearing that song when it was popular. So it really jogged my memory! In fact, the SPERDVAC DJ played both sides the that single record. The other side was the Geiger Counter Song. :) "Ironically," Doris Day's movie "Midnight Lace" had very, very similar theme music. So this is no coincidence! :) Note my quote marks around "Ironically." heh. I will go one step further and note that the old movie "It's Woman's World," also has the JD theme! It's a versioning of it. The Four Aces had a super hit of "It's A Woman's World" as well. Whew! So the JD theme has legs! It has been a very wonderful adventure tracing the song. I have at least one more example of old time radio themes that were heard again under diferent names. I let that be another post. :)

JD Theme

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:38 am
by Hal Evans
Ohmygosh! I forgot to put my name in my reply to Alan on the JD theme. So, twas me, Yours Truly, Hal Evans. :) :)

Johnny Dollar Theme...Sea Hunt theme

Posted: Mon May 15, 2006 12:21 am
by Barbara Peterson
Anybody here noticed that the Sea Hunt television theme (starring Lloyd Bridges) is awfully close to the Johnny Dollar theme? Or is it just me???

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JD Theme & Sea Hunt Theme Similar

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:59 am
by Hal Evans
Yes! They ARE very close. The JD theme and the Sea Hunt theme. I wonder how Lloyd Bridges managed to not look wrinkled from all that swimming after crooks and adventure. Probably not a coincidence on the JD theme, though. My vote is that it is again the same composer I don't have my long posts handy, but if you go to a website called Classic Radio Themes, there is a huge discussion on OTR themes. The website owner leans toward David Rose as being the composer. However the composer's identity still remains a mystery. But I vote for the guy who composed "My Dream Is Yours." It is note-per-note the JD theme with some schlemming around for bridges in the song.

Re: Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Show MUTEL Theme Music

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:30 pm
by ZUrlocker
Any ideas where I could download versions of the Johnny Dollar theme music? I really enjoyed the Bob Bailey versions of YTJD and I thought the theme music was outstanding.