The Ballad of Gilligan's Island 30/365




"If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow would be lost..."

30/365 Good day! Today I bring to you a classic tv tune from a classic tv show. "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island" is a great tune, and interesting in its arrangement. For each verse the melody goes up half a step. Here I'm starting in Bm and going up all the way to Dm (4 key changes). Interesting. I've combined the opening credits tune with the end credits one.

"Gilligan's Island" was after school must watch tv for me growing up on that not so deserted island, Manhattan. šŸ¤£ The theme song was co-written by show creator Sherwood Schwartz as he did for perhaps his most famous show, The Brady Bunch. Those two show theme songs have in common that they introduce the premise and characters.

Anyway, tomorrow another TV theme song. Thanks for listening.
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30/365 "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island" (1964)

originally performed by folk group The Wellingtons, here's the intro. Notice that it doesn't have the lyric "The Professor and Mary Ann" -



Here's after that lyric was included and apparently performed by a different group,





Curiously, the pilot episode had a different intro  and theme song which had never aired until they showed the pilot on TBS in 1992. It was composed by John Williams. (Yes! That John Williams) It was a calypso sung by show creator Sherwood Schwartz. The clip also features 3 actors who didn't make it into the series.

 
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