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One-Liner Wednesday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word about Heath bars. The great taste of Heath speaks for itself!

I’m starting to see these advertised more than they had been. A Renaissance, maybe?

Two For Tuesday: Elmer Bernstein

Elmer Bernstein was known mostly for his film scores (including The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Animal House, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he won an Academy Award), but he wrote music for TV shows, including The Big Valley, The Rookies, and Ellery Queen.

He wrote the theme song for the TV series Johnny Staccato, which starred John Cassavetes, about a musician who’s also a private detective. The following clip presents both the intro and outro music, as well as a scene where Johnny plays with some of jazz’s better players, including Red Norvo on vibes, Pete Candoli on trumpet, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, Sheeley Manne on drums, and when Johnny gets a call, he’s spelled at the piano by John Williams.

He also wrote the theme song for Riverboat, which starred Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds.

Elmer influenced a number of great film and TV composers, among them John Barry (the James Bond theme), Lalo Schifrin (Mission:Impossible, Mannix), John Williams (Lost In Space, Land Of The Giants), Danny Elfman, and Randy Newman (“It’s A Jungle Out There” from Monk).

Elmer Bernstein, your Two for Tuesday, October 15, 2019.


I’m actually kind of pleased with the results of the last battle, where both songs were pretty well evenly matched, so I decided to try to do it again. Today we have two different songs named “Hey You” by two hard rock bands that were recorded in 1980 (though one wasn’t released until 2001).

Thin Lizzy

From their 1980 album Chinatown.


This wasn’t on any Scorpions album until the 2001 remaster of their 1980 album Animal Magnetism.

So, there are our contestants. You instructions haven’t changed since the last battle:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

Remember, anyone can vote in these battles. You only need to be sure and get your vote to me by next Tuesday, October 22, at which point I’ll tally the votes and determine the winner.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Thin Lizzy and Scorpions!