“Today” 1979 – 1981 Theme

This bright and sunny piece called “This is Today” is perhaps one of the most popular themes used on the Today Show. It’s the second theme by Ray Ellis. It replaced the theme that Ellis composed earlier for the Today Show that was forced off the air by a lawsuit. This theme is closely associated with the late 1970’s era of Today with Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley as anchors. It was phased out when Brokaw left the program at the end of 1981 but has been used in some anniversary segments over the years.

Ray Ellis – Today theme

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