Here’s another fine collection of TV and radio tunes used in programmes, test card transmissions and radio intervals - this time from the vaults of the Sonoton Production Music Library in Munich.
From the Radio 2 archive there’s Ed Stewart’s afternoon show theme tune entitled “Don’t Run Away”. There’s also “Our Happy Song” which was used during The Monday Movie Quiz, presented by Ray Moore. It was played as one of the music tags that would end a round of questions in a particular category. “Sunshine Days” was used as talk-over music during Tony Brandon’s early show. Paddy O’Byrne used the theme tune “Swing and Sing” during his reign on The Saturday Early Show. At the other end of the day, Nightride would be hosted by various presenters who generally had their own signature tunes. “Pretty Beaty” was used by Peter Donaldson.
From the TV archive, “Trombones and Trumpets” was the signature tune to the main local news programme, Calendar, broadcast on weekday evenings from Yorkshire Television. The late Richard Whiteley was one of the Calendar team who, of course, famously went on to present the long-running Channel 4 quiz, Countdown.
This album is dedicated to David Allan, who sadly died in January 2012. David chose the music played to accompany the BBC television test card transmissions during the 1960s and early 1970s. Some of those tracks feature in this compilation.