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What's New?Vintage Press InformationAn 'Ironside' Title and Airdate ListingOriginal NBC Stills ArchiveVintage Magazine FeaturesIronside' CollectablesEditorials and Analytical FeaturesLinks
 Music 
Melody Man Single
The Melody Man
 
The candy cane slips from your hand,
Magician draws the curtain,
The crutch you held to help you stand,
Has made you feel uncertain,
You walked across the river bridge,
One day when you were smiling,
Now the sun has turned to brick,
The road you’re on is winding.
You lost your way the other day,
Seeking the melody man.
 
You’re all alone on frozen ground
The naked moon is staring
People pass like empty masks,
Somewhere a voice is swearing,
You look around see neon signs,
And blackened alleys waiting,
A window breaks you look inside,
The hangman there is swaying.
You lost your way the other day,
Seeking the melody man.
 
Copyright 1969
By Shamley Music Corp.
“The Melody Man”
45 RPM Promotional Single
A Side:  
 
“The Melody Man” From The Television Series “Ironside” (William Goldenberg-R. McLelland)
 
Performed by:  
 
B.J. Baker
 
Arranged and Produced by:  
 Charles Bud Dant
& Al Ham
 
 Stereo
Vocal With Instrumental Accompaniment
Shamley Music Corp. (AS).

 
Manufactured by:  
 
Decca Records
1969
 
Cat. No.:  
 
732487
(7-L 15, 167)
(2:21)
B Side:  
 
“Anywhere” From The Television Series “Ironside” (William Goldenberg-R. McLelland)
 
Performed by:  
 
B.J. Baker
 
Arranged and Produced by:  
 Charles Bud Dant
& Al Ham
 
 Stereo
Vocal With Instrumental Accompaniment
Shamley Music Corp. (AS).

 
Manufactured by:  
 
Decca Records
1969
 
Cat. No.:  
 
732487
(7-L 15, 168)
(2:18)
Notes:  Interestingly, the first Ironside music to be made available commercially wasn’t the theme, but rather two songs composed especially by William ( later, “Billy” ) Goldenberg and R. McLelland for the second season episode, “Up, Down and Even”, in which Eve’s niece is arrested for possession of marijuana.
 
According to the information on the sleeve, when the episode was aired on January 9th, 1969, “The Melody Man”, “…created an unprecedented barrage of calls to the stations,” and the studio, sensing it had a potential hit on its hands, released the song as a single.
 
The sleeve illustrated here is the one used to enclose promotional copies of the record; as far as I am aware, when the record was mass-released, it was issued in a standard “DECCA” sleeve.
 
I have no idea how well it fared, chart-wise—but the single was also released subsequently in Japan.
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