Five For Friday: William Loose

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.

  1. Lush Life
  2. Shopper’s World
  3. Raucous Woman
  4. Theme from Vixen
  5. Gridiron March
  6. 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.

8 thoughts on “Five For Friday: William Loose

  1. I’ve never heard of him, or any of the shows you’ve listed (I guess the never made it to Oz). I guess they never had the credit for the theme music on the show.

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    1. My guess is that you wouldn’t have heard of many of the shows, because they’re all US. The thing with library music is that the library owns the music and licenses it to the content creator, and pays the person who wrote and performed it when it’s used. The composer is really out of the loop until he gets paid.

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        1. That’s only when they use library music for the themes. It’s more common for the composer to get a credit for it if it was composed for the show. I have done a lot of posts where I play TV themes and note the composer (and lyricist, if there is one). It’s been kind of a thing on my blog, in fact… I should gather a list of all the posts for your musical enjoyment…

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          1. I knew some composers got credit (like John Williams when he was still Johnny). Oooh, I’d be keen to see the list 🙂

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  2. That is real 1950’s TV music, all right. My mind went to black and white as men in fedoras and women with gloves scurried about the Macy’s and Gimbel’s of my past…

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    1. I’ve started listening to a lot of production music specifically for the feelings of nostalgia. It’s great stuff. Also, believe it or not, Muzak.

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