The theme song for the NPR show "All Things Considered" is based on a 1974 composition by Don Voegeli. You can hear the multiple versions in the podcast at this page.

Interestingly, after Voegeli took his composition to "the best arrangers in Hollywood" for revamping, it took on a slightly different melody which perfectly mirrors the strange tune sung by a girl in the 1945 movie "Murder, He Says". In the movie, it's a brief, seemingly-nonsense musical poem an abused girl learned from her grandmother and which turns out to be the clues everyone is needing to find the grandmother's hidden fortune.

As a reviewer on IMDB stated: '"And then there's the music, which mysteriously is note for note the theme to 'All Things Considered' on NPR, only 30 years earlier.... 'On horse flies is, in comb bees is, on chest knobs is, in knob keys is.'"

So my question is, who were the Hollywood music arrangers that reworked Voegeli's theme? Were any of them connected to that old movie?

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Robert E. Dolan ((August 3, 1908 – September 26, 1972), wrote the music for the movie, "Murder, He Says". Dolan passed away two years before Voegli wrote his original theme.

Dolan was a prolific music composer, scorer and director. He composed or directed the music in at least 60 movies. He was nominated 8 times for an award in movie scoring by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

I have been unable to find any clues about how the melody of that movie made the transition to the "All Things Considered" theme. However, every time I hear the theme, I'm reminded of the movie.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Dolan

  • Interesting. That's valuable information. Thanks!
    – Tagger
    Apr 29, 2019 at 2:40

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