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 Posted:   Jul 1, 2013 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   nipotente   (Member)

Wow! What great stuff!

Revue Studios sure had awesome composers on the Payroll!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSXPjBZ23Qg

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2013 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

This great theme was re-recorded on an RCA LP in about 1959-60 by Buddy Morrow and his Orchestra on an album called DOUBLE IMPACT, which was later re-issued on CD. The arrangement was pretty faithful, as were most of the other TV themes on the album.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2013 - 8:41 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

This great theme was re-recorded on an RCA LP in about 1959-60 by Buddy Morrow and his Orchestra on an album called DOUBLE IMPACT, which was later re-issued on CD. The arrangement was pretty faithful, as were most of the other TV themes on the album.


There were two great LPs:

Impact - Buddy Morrow orchestra - RCA Living Stereo LSP-2042 year: 1959

Double Impact - Buddy Morrow orchestra - RCA Living Stereo LSP-2180 year: 1960


Both are great LPs, I found them in the late 1960s. The arrangements are pretty faithful and played wonderfully. Great "Living Stereo" sound.

Besides Riverboat, "Markham" is one of the best themes on the LPs.

Youtube has some great montages of late 50s and early 60s clips of TV's main titles to many shows. Some great music!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2013 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Just watching that clip made me put the series DVD boxset on my want list. It seems as if the disc quality problems reported in 2007-2008 have been cleared up. Did Bernstein do episode scores in addition to the main theme?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2013 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Bob, as I recall, Bernstein did do a number of the first season episodes (but I'm basing this on distant memories of viewing reruns of this in the summer of '63, beamed into Eagle River, Wisconsin from the one station we could get in Wausau.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2013 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

I have the 3 dvd box set. Played a few episodes so far, fine picture and sound. Thought I saw Elmer's name at the end as scoring the entire episode. It's a nice series, saw it when it came out, was about 14 at the time. Box set runs 734 mins.

Interesting story how I got the box set. My local library has a small room where they sell books, cds, dvds etc. Only found a few dvds there, most I don't want. About 4 months ago they had the Riverboat box set and I bought it for $3.00! What a bargain! It seems the person who donated it thought it was RiverDANCE not RiverBOAT. Lucky for me! smile

Sure would like to see a cd of Elmer's music.

Another great late 1950s series was Mike Hammer. A nice LP in RCA Living stereo issued in 1959.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2013 - 9:00 PM   
 By:   nipotente   (Member)

IMDB

shows:


Riverboat

Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (44 episodes, 1959-1961)
Elmer Bernstein .... composer: theme music (31 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gerald Fried .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song (13 episodes, 1960-1961)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2013 - 9:21 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Another great late 1950s series was Mike Hammer. A nice LP in RCA Living stereo issued in 1959.


The complete "Mike Hammer" series with Darren McGavin was issued on DVD in 2011--78 episodes on 12 discs.

http://www.amazon.com/Mickey-Spillanes-Mike-Hammer-Complete/dp/B004QC6HGY/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1372825124&sr=1-2&keywords=mike+hammer

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I last saw this on the telly around 1960, & I still remember that theme!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

IMDB

shows:


Riverboat

Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (44 episodes, 1959-1961)
Elmer Bernstein .... composer: theme music (31 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gerald Fried .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song (13 episodes, 1960-1961)


Wow! Gerald has become an idol of late.
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=18243&forumID=1&archive=1
...and Elmer has always been. My guess is this is some pretty good scoring here.
I'd buy two copies!

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

IMDB

shows:


Riverboat

Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (44 episodes, 1959-1961)
Elmer Bernstein .... composer: theme music (31 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gerald Fried .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song (13 episodes, 1960-1961)


You're looking at the Music Dept. credits; the composer credits for episodic scoring, are above under "Series Original Music by". Unfortunately, IMDb doesn't show composers who only did one episodes; those are hidden unless that's the only compsoer submitted to IMDb.

Composers:
Elmer Bernstein (18 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gerald Fried (15 episodes, 1960-1961)
Albert Woodbury (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ruby Raksin (3 episodes, 1959)
Fred Steiner (2 episodes, 1959)
Alexander Courage (2 episodes, 1960)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

IMDB

shows:


Riverboat

Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (44 episodes, 1959-1961)
Elmer Bernstein .... composer: theme music (31 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gerald Fried .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song (13 episodes, 1960-1961)


You're looking at the Music Dept. credits; the composer credits for episodic scoring, are above under "Series Original Music by". Unfortunately, IMDb doesn't show composers who only did one episodes; those are hidden unless that's the only compsoer submitted to IMDb.

Composers:
Elmer Bernstein (18 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gerald Fried (15 episodes, 1960-1961)
Albert Woodbury (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ruby Raksin (3 episodes, 1959)
Fred Steiner (2 episodes, 1959)
Alexander Courage (2 episodes, 1960)



Thanks for the info Justin. I like the series and their scores a lot.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Here is my break-down of the episode scoring, having scoured the Timeless Media 44-episode DVD package -

1. Episodes with Elmer Bernstein theme and scoring credit -

Payment in Full
The Barrier
About Roger Mowbray
The Race to Cincinnati
The Unwilling
The Fight Back
Witness No Evil
The Boy From Pittsburgh
The Landlubbers
The Treasure of Hawk Hill
Forbidden Island
Three Graves
Hang the Men High
Night of the Faceless Men
The Long Trail
The Quick Noose
The Sellout

2. Theme by EB, but episode scoring by -

A Night at Trapper's Landing : Elmer Bernstein, arranged & adapted by Leo Shuken and Jack Hayes
Tampico Raid : Leo Shuken and Jack Hayes
The Fight at New Canal : Alexander Courage
The Salvage Pirates : Alexander Courage and Al Woodbury
Path of the Eagle : Albert Woodbury
The Face of Courage : Ruby Raksin and Al Woodbury
Strange Request : Ruby Raksin
Guns For Empire : Ruby Raksin and Nathan Scott
Jessie Quinn : Fred Steiner
Escape to Memphis : Albert Sendrey
The Wichita Arrows : Gerald Fried
Fort Epitaph : Gerald Fried
The BlowUp : Gerald Fried

3. The second series, with new theme by Gerald Fried, comprised the following episodes -

The Two Faces of Grey Holden
End of a Dream
That Taylor Affair
No Bridge on the River
Trunk Full of Dreams
The Water at Gorgeous Springs
Devil in Skirts
The Quota
Chicota Landing
Zigzag
Listen to the Nightingale
River Champion
Duel on the River

Of portion 3, all have episode scores by Gerald Fried, except for Duel on the River, which is credited to R. Dale Butts. ( Disclaimer - can't be certain about River Champion, since the end credits were excised on the DVD!)


Of the Bernstein credits, perhaps the most interesting episode is The Race to Cincinnati, in which Monica Lewis, as the resident chanteuse of the Enterprise, sings two songs ("Riverboat" and "Walkin' By the River"), later released on a 45-rpm single.

- JMM.

 
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