For years, WGN-TV in Chicago had a late news broadcast after the 10:30 movie called Night Beat. It had what I considered a great theme song, and one day I sent them an email and asked "Hey, what’s the name of the song that’s the theme for Night Beat?" They emailed me back and basically said "I dunno."
In May of last year, Rick Klein, who runs The Museum of Classic Chicago Television posted that he had found out the name of the song…
William Loose wrote a lot of production music in his career. He was hired by Capitol Records in 1955 to compose musical cues and other stock music for their Hi-Q music library. By 1957 his music was used at least 24 TV shows, and by the 1960’s he was writing for films and television, including the music for several of Russ Meyer’s films. He passed away in 1991, about the same time the producers of The Ren And Stimnpy Show started using his music in their cartoon.
Here are six further examples of his music.
- Lush Life
- Shopper’s World
- Raucous Woman
- Theme from Vixen
- Gridiron March
- Honey Colored
There is a William Loose channel on YouTube, and several users have uploaded his music and created playlists as well. This is a good place to start.
William Loose, your Five for Friday, October 1, 2021.