ABC’s Good Morning America was launched in November of 1975. The first host was David Hartman with Nancy Dussault as his co-host (later replaced by Sandy Hill and then Joan Lunden). Good Morning America is still an everyday part of our life. But when it debuted, it revolutionized morning television. It introduced the living room set, which was the standard until the 1990s brought us street side studios. Also, it offered a far more entertainment-oriented approach, reflected by having a former actor as host. Viewers didn’t immediately reward this approach but they came around eventually and GMA toppled NBC’s Today in 1981. This is the original theme to Good Morning America. Unlike for NBC, not many legendary composers have composed themes for ABC. This is the notable exception. Marvin Hamlisch, one of only thirteen people to have won Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and a Tony, composed this theme built around 4 notes. When he played the theme live on a special edition of GMA, he said about it: “I wanted to write a theme I want to wake up to.”
Network News Music is a website by Victor Vlam, who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of news music. 1,876 hours, 2 minutes and 52 seconds. News music is rarely heard without voice-overs or fade outs to commercial, yet it leaves an impact on many people. Founded in 2002, this site is a museum for TV news themes past and present.
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