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Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle

Rabbi-Sol 06 Jun 04 - 11:14 PM
DonMeixner 06 Jun 04 - 11:49 PM
kendall 07 Jun 04 - 09:58 AM
Rabbi-Sol 07 Jun 04 - 01:30 PM
Cool Beans 08 Jun 04 - 04:44 PM
GUEST,lskarin@aol.com 01 May 06 - 07:44 AM
Cool Beans 01 May 06 - 11:58 AM
Compton 01 May 06 - 09:29 PM
GUEST,Karol 16 Jul 10 - 10:48 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 11:14 PM

When TV first came out, I used to watch a show called Serial Theatre which featured Buster Crabbe. The commercials were geared specially for young children. I believe this was a Public Service Ad, possibly for a charity or maybe the UN. It was sung to the melody of "Sweet Betsy From Pike". I remember the first stanza and 2 lines of the second one. Hopefully someone on this forum can complete it for me.
Here goes:

            It was once when people who lived everywhere
            Just kept to themselves and never much cared
            What happened to the next guy was not their concern
            Nero did fiddle while old Rome did burn.

            Now peace loving people like you and like me
            Have joined in together to keep the world free

That is all I remember. SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: DonMeixner
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 11:49 PM

Pirates of the High Seas and King of The Congo are Crabbes last two serials according to his site on the internet. He was the host of a TV show in the early 50's on WRO-TV in New York. Does that connect with your memry Sol?

I remember him and his son in Captain Gallant of the Foriegn Legion.
A fave of mine from the 50's. And I am a sucker for the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials too.

Don


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: kendall
Date: 07 Jun 04 - 09:58 AM

I don't believe the fiddle was invented in Nero's time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 07 Jun 04 - 01:30 PM

Don, It was WOR TV Channel 9 in NY. It was a daily serial and was on at 4:00 PM. It was called Adventure Theatre not Serial Theatre. The theme song for the program was Dvorak's most famous symphony melody. Buster Crabbe starred as Flash Gordon and did battle with the evil emperor Ming Ho and Queen Nezurah. In another series he starred as the detective Red Barry. The commercial jingle was either an ad for The United Way or UNESCO. I am now 61 years of age, if that will help you with the time frame. Other programs that were aired during that era were Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, Captain Video, & Mr. I. Magination. SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: Cool Beans
Date: 08 Jun 04 - 04:44 PM

I remember it as the first time I ever heard of Nero and Rome burning.
Funny how we learn.

In the 1950s there was a delightful series of public service ads on TV that promoted tolerance and diversity through catchy songs, songs that could have been written by Tom Paxton except he was a little kid then. There was one about a trapeze artist named Joe who kept falling because he refused to be caught by a person who was of the "wrong race" or "wrong religion." The song went:

Don't be a shmoe, Joe
Be in the know, Joe
Religion and race
Just don't count in this place
So be in the know, Joe
Wherever you go, Joe,
Remember that, Joe,
You won't fall on your face.

Tom Glazer sang it.
But the most indelible song, called "The Brown Skin Cow'' had these verses:
Heard the choo-choo say
To the railroad track
Don't care if the passengers
Are white or black
Ho ho ho, aint it plain
You can learn lots of things
From a railroad train

Heard the peach pit say
To the apple core
The color of your skin
Doesn't matter any more
Ho ho ho, can't you see
That the color of your skin
Doesn't matter to me

I believe the (then) National Conference of Christians and Jews was behind the campaign, a motley bunch of subversives as ever there was.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: GUEST,lskarin@aol.com
Date: 01 May 06 - 07:44 AM

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: Cool Beans
Date: 08 Jun 04 - 04:44 PM

Here's a reply to your nearly two-old post on the Tom Glazer song promoting racial tolerance:

The verse version you remember:

Heard the peach pit say
To the apple core
The color of your skin
Doesn't matter any more
Ho ho ho, can't you see
That the color of your skin
Doesn't matter to me

The version version I remember, heard on WABD channel 5 as a public service spot:

As the peach pit said to the apple core
The color of our skin doesn't matter any more
Ho ho ho, ha ha haw
You can learn lots of things from the grocery store.

Glazer also did a song promoting the United Nations (The UN plus you) and another including the Benny Goodman Quartet (Benny Goodman (clarinet) Teddy Wilson (piano) Lionel Hampton (vibes) Gene Krupa (drums)in cartoon form extoling diversity.

I think he was prouder of that work than "...top of spaghetti."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: Cool Beans
Date: 01 May 06 - 11:58 AM

Hey! I do remember that "The UN Plus You" song...
We'll fight aggression
Lick diseases,
Stand for peace
But not appeasers
The UN plus you.
First time I'd ever heard the words "aggression" and "appeasers." You don't learn stuff like that from "American Idol."
If I'd had any brains I would've asked Tom Glazer about those songs when I interviewed him 20 years ago. Too late now. I did get the inside dope on how he came to write "On Top of Spaghetti."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: Compton
Date: 01 May 06 - 09:29 PM

Sweet Betsy from Pike...the tune was probably the old English Music hall song, Villikins and his Dinah...although you may argue about that!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old TV Jingle
From: GUEST,Karol
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 10:48 PM

I remember this part: With freedom to write & to speak & to fuss,
                      No tyrant can put anything over on us.
                      For a conflict that starts in some far
                      away place,
                      They soon get to UN the whole human race.


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