Mister Ed

Album: TV Theme Songs (1961)

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  • In September 2010, Ed Miliband was elected leader of the British Labour Party, narrowing beating the front runner, his elder brother David. Unsurprisingly, he attracted the label Red Ed, probably because of the support he won from the Trades Unions. Better Red Ed than Mister Ed, because most politicians would not be amused to be compared with a talking horse.

    Mister Ed was an American situation comedy that was first aired in January 1961, and ran for six seasons. The horse was owned by an architect named Wilbur Post - played by Alan Young. Englishman Young was actually born Angus Young - no, he didn't play guitar in this series!

    Mister Ed would talk only to his owner, which would obviously cause him problems.
  • The signature tune "Mister Ed" or "Mister Ed Theme Song," which fitted the series to a tee, was co-written by lyricist Jay Livingston (1915-2001) and composer Ray Evans (1915-2007). It was performed by Livingston, apparently because no one else wanted - or dared - to sing it. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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  • Howard Luloff from St. Louis Park, MnOne of the most memorable theme songs of all time. The original version of the Mister Ed theme was recorded in Italy by an opera singer. Unfortunately, it was so bad that Arthur Lubin, who produced and created the show was looking for a new theme song. However, Jay Livingston, who co-wrote the classic theme with his partner Ray Evans recorded his own version and it would stay on the air for the remainder of the show's run and reruns thereafter.

    I always enjoyed hearing the song whenever I watched Mister Ed. It was a very catchy theme that told us "A horse is a horse of course of course."
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