Sunday, May 07, 2017

Song #48; "Theme From 'Whew!'"--(1979)

Today, likely the shortest "song" of our Top 500, and I know there has been some debate during our journey when I have posted theme songs before if one can actually quantify it as a "song".

According to my executive by-laws, the answer is yes, so here's today's story.

As you may already know, I was a huge fan of game shows growing up (and while full-sized, too). And, as the Summer of 1979 arrived, so did a new show on CBS with a quirky, but very interesting premise.

Two players try to block each other as they moved up a question board in 60 seconds or less in order to win the game, then head to face "the villains", who attempted in ten different ways to dissuade you from making it to the "pot of gold" at the end, where one finds "$25,000 in cash!"

The game was short-lived, unfortunately, and wasn't the same when, in an attempt to boost ratings and save the show, the producers added celebrities to "help" contestants, because, of course, everyone in 1979 or 1980 turned on their TV simply because they could see Marcia Wallace or Jamie Farr.

With its cancellation, perhaps the best opening to a game show in television history went away, only to be rediscovered to a new generation thanks to YouTube, like the version below. :)

This is my favorite game show theme of all time, however, there are two more TV themes to come. :)

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