Flashback: The Story of the “CBS Sunday Morning” Music Theme, Now Stolen by the New “CBS Mornings”

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Let’s hope Wynton Marsalis gets some money out of this.

With no new ideas, the producers of “CBS Morning News” have appropriated the beloved theme music from “CBS Sunday Morning” for their new three ring circus. They’ve cannibalized it, hoping to lure the Sunday viewers to their show. It won’t work. It’s sad, pathetic, and horrifying. Get yer own music.

Anyway, here’s the background on the theme, which I refuse to listen to except on Sundays. A lot of people are going to hear the music on Monday and go back to sleep. (This is a little like how they just changed all the exit numbers on the Hutchinson River Parkway. Mass confusion.)

The ghost of Charles Kuralt is going to haunt these “CBS Mornings” people.


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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