The Brady Bunch (sitcom)

    (ABC Primetime, 1969 - 1974, as "The Brady Bunch";
     ABC Saturday Mornings, as "The Brady Kids" -- cartoon;
     ABC Primetime, 1977, as "The Brady Bunch Hour" -- comedy-variety)

    [a sitcom derived from the new-to-the-60's notion of a "mixed
     family" -- two single parents merge families to create one
     big clan with a total of six kids. Playing the parents were 
     Florence Henderson and Robert Reed (who had previously played a
     lawyer on "The Defenders") and who battled behind the scenes
     with producers over the light writing and the stereotypical 
     "Dad" role that he was obliged to play;

     Despite the youth revolution of the 1960s, this was one TV
     series that stood firm for "traditional family values" (and was
     considered fondly, but a bit dated, even when it aired.) So it
     was particularly ironic when Robert Reed revealed later that
     he was gay and had to stay in the closet to protect his career
     and protect the series from a fatal scandal.

     Several spinoffs and sequels were mounted, including an animated
     "Brady Kids" series on Saturday Mornings, a short-lived variety
     show "The Brady Bunch Hour" in 1977, and "The Brady Brides" in 
     1981. In 1990 a short-lived sequel was attempted called "The Bradys"]

Theme 1: "The Brady Bunch Theme (from TV film 'The Brady Bunch')"

    [Above is the title as filed for copyright; The ASCAP database
     title variations include: "Brady Bunch (Sig) (M & E)";
     aka: "Theme from 'The Brady Bunch'"; and
     aka: "Brady Bunch Main Title Theme";

     Producer Sherwood Schwartz, who claimed co-writer credit, said that  
     this THEME song was an integral part of the show -- 
     since it was a way of giving necessary exposition of
     the complicated merging-family plot backstory.]

     Composers: music by Frank Denny De Vol (ASCAP), and
                lyric by Sherwood Schwartz (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Addax Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
     2000 Publisher: Addax Music Company, Inc. (ASCAP)
                        c/o Famous Music Corporation
                        of Los Angeles, CA
     Copyright Date: March 14, 1969; Eu 111 143.
     Renewal   Date: Jan.   6, 1997; RE-746-398.


Theme 2: "It's A Sunshine Day"

    [above is title as filed for copyright; ASCAP title variations
     aka: "Sunshine Day";

     This rather bland tune from a spin off record album became a
     secondary signature for this comparatively bland show -- it was
     featured during a couple of "Brady Bunch" movies, and in several
     retrospective tributes to the show. Perhaps it became more well
     known in retrospect, since the THEME song has some tricky rythmic
     offsets (added beats to fit Schwartz's expository lyric.)]

     Composer: Stephen R. McCarthy (ASCAP)

     1978 Publishers: Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP), and
                      Language of Sound, Inc. (ASCAP)

     2000 Publishers: Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP)
                         of Los Angeles, CA; and 
                      Language of Sound, Inc. (ASCAP)
                         c/o Fricout Music Company 
                         of Nashville, TN
     Copyright Date: Sep. 5, 1972; Eu 353 035.
     Renewal   Date: Jan. 6, 2000; RE-821-696.


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