Dragnet (theme music)
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Label from 10" 78rpm shellac version (no picture sleeve)
|Single by Ray Anthony and his Orchestra|
|B-side||Dancing in the Dark|
|Format||10" 78rpm, 7" 45rpm|
|Genre||Theme song, instrumental, big band|
China Records 1987 UK 7" sleeve
|Single by The Art of Noise|
|from the album In No Sense? Nonsense!|
|Genre||Theme song, instrumental, dance music|
|The Art of Noise chronology|
"Dragnet" is an instrumental theme from the radio and television show of the same name. It was composed by Walter Schumann for the radio show, and was also used on the subsequent television series and later syndication of the TV series under the name "Badge 714". The theme is in two parts: an opening signature "Main Title" (the ominous "Dum - - - de - DUM - DUM") and the "Dragnet March" used over the end credits.
After the theme became a chart hit, the publishers of the score for the 1946 film version of The Killers composed by Miklós Rózsa challenged the authorship of the copyright of the Dragnet "Main Title". They contended that Walter Schumann had visited the sound stage in 1946 when Miklós Rózsa was recording "The Killers", and so had picked up (perhaps subconsciously) the melody of a cue for that film known as "Danger Ahead". A settlement between publishers resolved the case by allowing both composers and publishers to share the royalties for the short opening signature "Main Title", which became known as "Danger Ahead" after that. The "Dragnet March" remained the exclusive composition of Schumann.
Ray Anthony version
The 1953 recording by Ray Anthony and his Orchestra sold over 500,000 copies in the US and rocketed Ray Anthony to popularity. It was available as both a 45rpm 7" vinyl record and a 78rpm 10" shellac record.
The Art Of Noise version
The 1987 version by The Art of Noise was an international hit, and won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. It was used as the theme music for the 1987 film version of Dragnet based on the TV show.
A new version was released the following year, "Dragnet (The '88 Mix)".
The Art of Noise version was an international hit, reaching no. 60 in the UK, no. 84 in the Netherlands, no. 25 in New Zealand and no. 29 in Switzerland. "Dragnet (The '88 Mix)", reached No. 90 in the UK.
Other uses of the theme
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- Burlingame, Jon (2010-03-03). "Nathan Scott, 94, scored TV shows - Composer's credits included 'Dragnet,' 'Lassie'". Variety Magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
- "29th Grammy Awards – 1987". Rock on the Net. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
- "Art Of Noise". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "Discografie The Art of Noise". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "Discography The Art of Noise". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "Discographie The Art of Noise" (select "Charts" tab). swisscharts.com (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- Lee, Stan (1985). Dunn's Conundrum. New York: Harper & Row.
- on YouTube (Art of Noise official channel)
- ClassicThemes Page about the Dragnet TV series and theme music