Two For Tuesday: Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox

Lyricist Norman Gimbel and composer Charles Fox have worked together on a number of projects. Together, they wrote “Killing Me Softly With His Song” for Roberta Flack, “I Got A Name” for Jim Croce (featured in the 1973 movie The Last American Hero), and a bunch of TV themes, including…

“Making Our Dreams Come True,” the theme for Laverne & Shirley, sung by Cyndi Grecco, which reached #13 on the AC chart and #25 on the Hot 100.

The theme from Wonder Woman, called The New Adventures of Wonder Woman in Seasons 2 and 3 with a slightly different theme.

And “Different Worlds,” theme song from Angie, sung by Maureen McGovern.

They also wrote the theme for the TV adaptation of The Paper Chase, which garnered them an Emmy nomination, Happy Days, and The Bugaloos.

Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, your Two For Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

12 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox

  1. I a
    Ways love the Wonder Woman theme song and Laverne and Shirley was so perfect as was Happy Days. I have no clue about the last song, never heard of it before. These songs are a step above the normal because they can work on their own, I think anyway


    1. “Angie” was only on one season, so it was easy to miss. I didn’t remember it until I played it. Donna Pescow, who was in “Saturday Night Fever,” was the star.

      “Happy Days” was another Gimbel & Fox song, but I figured I had already done “Laverne & Shirley.”

      “Wonder Woman” is on Saturday nights at 7 on MeTV, and Mary and I always watch it before switching over to “Columbo.” “The New Adventures of Wonder Woman” (the name when they brought the show into the ’70’s) is a real time capsule of women’s fashion: it wasn’t especially good, but Lynda Carter made the clothes look good.


  2. The only one of these I really remember is the Lavern and Shirley one. I love Killing Me Softly With His Song. Nice showcase, John. How do you keep up with all these posts? I know prescheduling but sheesh!


  3. I think of all of these tunes as very dated. Certainly Wonder Woman, I remember watching that as a child, so maybe that’s the reason? It’s interesting that Wonder Woman was this character who was a tremendously-empowered woman, yet the theme is sung by a man! Perhaps a legacy of where TV was at the time?


    1. These were all shows from the ’70’s, so you’re probably right. As for having a guy sing the “Wonder Woman” theme, if you remember the shows, she was more frequently helping guys (usually Steve Trevor, Junior or Senior), and the song is asking her to use her powers to help, so it’s fitting that a guy would sing it. Or maybe they couldn’t find a woman session singer that did it as well. Just a couple of thoughts.

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