Our Miss Brooks (situation comedy, starring Eve Arden)

    (CBS Primetime, 1952 - 1956;
    [A popular sitcom imported from its days on CBS radio since 1948,
     virtually the entire cast came with it as it moved from radio to TV;
     Eve Arden was again the lead playing a high school English teacher,
     with Gale Gordon as fussy blustery principal Osgood Conklin, and
     a young Richard Crenna playing the student with the adolescent
     whine in his voice -- Walter Denton.]

Theme 1: "Brooks Theme"

    [aka: "Our Miss Brooks Theme";
     This was the Main theme for both the radio series (1948), 
     and the TV series during 1952 - 1954. It was probably used as the
     End Title theme after that.
     The 1952 Copyright below preceded the TV series dates, so was
     probably filed to register the theme as used on Radio starting
     in 1948.
     The 1958 Copyright was registered under the name "Our Miss Brooks
     Theme", and may have been to insure the TV theme and its arrangement
     were protected.]

     Composer: Wilbur J. Hatch (ASCAP/BMI)

     Original Publisher: Herman Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
             [on photocopy of manuscript lead sheet]
     1958 Claimant: Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc.            

     1997 Publisher: EMI/April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
                        c/o EMI Music Publishing
                        of New York, NY
     Copyright Date: Nov. 5, 1952; EU 293 041.
     Renewal   Date:
     Copyright Date: Jan. 31, 1958; EU 509 648.
     Renewal   Date: 

Open Theme 2 (1954 - 1956): "Whistling Bells"

    [aka: "Our Miss Brooks Theme";
     Verified as the THEME in TV Guide article "It Seems To Me
     I've Heard That Theme Before" July 28, 1956, pp. 12-13;
     It was used only for the last two seasons, 1954 - 56, according
     to the Gelfand book, "Television Theme Recordings"]

     Composer: Farlan I. Myers (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. (ASCAP)

    [Registered as "Our Miss Brooks Theme"]:
     Unpublished Copyright Date: Dec. 19, 1955; EU 420 722.
     Unpublished Renewal   Date: 

          45rpm Single - Coral 9-61664 (1956)
               by Farlan Myers and The Goofers

     New Recordings: [a medley of both themes above,  
                      in reverse order]
          CD - "Television's Greatest Hits (Vol. 4): 
                Black and White Classics" (1996)
               TVT Records TVT 1600-2
               (by an uncredited studio orchestra) 

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