Themes from ‘This Morning’

“CBS This Morning” Current Theme


The relaunch of CBS This Morning in 2012 was an attempt to bring back hard news to the morning time slot. There would be no funny weatherman or couch on set. The first hour was anchored by Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell and was essentially an extended version of the CBS Evening News. Gayle King joined the show in the second hour, at which point it shifted to lighter fare. In later years all three anchors would be present for both hours. Though the anchors have changed, what hasn’t changed is that each show starts with the Eye Opener, a fast-paced 90-second montage of the day’s news. This energetic piece of music by Joel Beckerman of Man Made Music accompanies the Eye Opener.

Man Made Music – CBS This Morning Eye Opener

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“Early Show” 2011 – 2012 Open


This is based on the 1987 CBS Evening News package that was picked up again in 2011. It was performed and recorded at the end of June 2011, debuting about a month later on the Early Show. It again unifies the branding of CBS News while also underscoring the Early Show’s hard news focus. With the cancellation of the Early Show, this theme did not entirely disappear from the airwaves. It was used for a number of CBS News programs in the years thereafter, such as the Morning News and Up To The Minute.

Trivers/Myers Music – Early Show open

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“Early Show” 2008 – 2011 Theme


This is a remix of James Horner’s original Early Show theme that the morning program used for a little over three years. By giving it an urban beat, a classical sounding piece becomes hip and contemporary. This theme premiered on the day that they started to use their redesigned street level set and Maggie Rodriquez started her run as co-anchor. Over the years the Early Show used various slightly differently arranged versions of this open.

James Horner – CBS Early Show theme

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“Early Show” 2006 – 2008 Open


This is the theme that James Horner composed for the Early Show. It was recorded in New York, two weeks after the original session in Los Angeles during the summer of 2006. In comparison to his work for the Evening News, he wanted the theme for the Early Show to be more energetic, gentler and intimate. It debuted about two months after Horner’s Evening News theme went on the air. CBS decided to use this theme as the headline cue and used a shortened version of the Evening News close was used as an open.

James Horner – Early Show open

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“The Early Show” 1999 – 2002 Theme


On November 1, 1999 a new morning show debuted on CBS: The Early Show. The name was chosen to reflect that it should be considered a counterpart to the Late Show, like the Today Show is to the Tonight Show. Besides a new name, the program also got a new set of co-hosts, former Today Show co-anchor Bryant Gumbel and CBS correspondent Jane Clayson, as well as a $30 million street level studio, just like Today and GMA. The theme is composed by Chris Bowman and is called ‘Sunrise’. It was pure luck for Bowman that his music was selected to be the show’s theme. When he heard that Gumbel was to anchor a new morning show on CBS, he sent in a piece of music that he thought would make a great theme. His one-in-a-million shot paid off. It lasted until 2002 when Bryant Gumbel left The Early Show and the program was revamped. (For the next few years they would use an instrumental version of the song Brand New Day by Sting.)

Chris Bowman – Early Show theme (1999 version)
Chris Bowman – Early Show theme (2000 version)

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“CBS This Morning” 1996 – 1999 Theme


Over the years, CBS has tried out various shows. On November 30, 1987 CBS This Morning premiered with Harry Smith and Kathleen Sullivan. In 1990 Sullivan was replaced by Paula Zahn. This anchor team remained intact until Mark McEwen (formerly the show’s weatherman) and Jane Robelot (formerly the news anchor) took over in 1996 when the show was revamped. They also changed the format to include more local news breaks. That’s when this theme was used. It’s performed by Carly Simon, who also co-wrote it along with Peter Fish.

Carly Simon & Peter Fish – This Morning theme

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“CBS Morning News” 1982 – 1984 Theme


Since the 1960’s the title CBS Morning News has been used for various programs on the CBS schedule. In the early 1980’s it was used for the predecessor of the show now called the Early Show. At the time the CBS Morning News was anchored by Bill Kurtis, who previously anchored a highly rated local newscast in Chicago, and Diane Sawyer. The program was well received and was able to — for a brief period — rise from its perennial third place to second, beating the Today Show. Kurtis and Sawyer also anchored the CBS Early Morning News together.

Signature Sound – CBS Morning News theme

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