Up until the early 1980s, all music was provided by Score Productions. Music was used
primarily at the beginning and end of scenes. The show's original music producer
was Clarke Morgan.
Danny Fargo (Anthony Ponzini) wrote songs for his girlfriends. One of them, "Under The
Moon With You," hit the airwaves and was performed by Marcella Martin (as girlfriend Flo Murray).
It was a musical collaboration between Agnes Nixon and organist Clarke Morgan (once a musical director).
Morgan also created a special "nagging" melody for Aunt Liz.
Cass and Frankie: "Everything I Do I Do
It for You," Rascal
Cass and Kathleen: "If You Say My Eyes
Are Beautiful," Jermaine Jackson and
Catlin and Sally: "When"; "Almost Paradise," Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
Dennis and Marley: "Only in My Dreams"
Evan and Amanda: "When I See You Smile," Bad English
Grant and Vicky: "Dream Love," Billie Hughes
Jake and Paulina: "I Never Believed in Love," Alfie Silas
Jamie and Kelsey: "One Step Closer," Anne Marie Radel
Jamie and Marley: "Just One Moment," Kyle Gordon and Rachele Cappelli
John and Sharlene: "Don't Know Much," Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
Matthew and Josie: "Until Forever," Deitra Hicks and Evan Rogers
Michael and Donna: "Tender Love"
Ryan and Vicky: "I Know That This is Love," Mike Hadley and Cathy Spurr
Scott and Cheryl: "Natural Love", Sheena Easton; "Step by Step," J.D. Souther
Jake's Theme: "Can't Get Enough," Winger.
"Another World" Lyrics
(written by John Leffler and Ralph Schuckett (Warner Bros. Records), performed by Crystal
Gayle and Gary Morris)
I've always seen myself
as a reckless* gambler
risking all that I had
whenever I could
But when I found you I felt different
Than I ever felt before
Suddenly I was taking no chances
by walking through your door
You are my way
to Another World
You are the one who helps me fly so high
You are the rain when my spirits run dry
You give my life
a hope that's so real
'Cause when I'm with you
you take me away
to Another World
All my life I've been called
a hopeless romantic
Waiting for my prince to sweep me away
But then one day it happened
You appeared like from a dream
And we moved in synch like dancing
with our hearts in harmony
[* Gary Morris has been known to substitute the word "restless" for "reckless."]
The original theme from 1964-1974 is available on "Original Themes From the Great Soap Operas" (Columbia House/Realm
Records, 1977). This record is out of print, but copies may exist at flea markets and such.
"Television Theme Recordings" by Steve Gelfand (Popular Culture Ink., 1984) has the 1981-1987 opening.
The Gayle/Morris theme song is available on Crystal Gayle's "What if We Fall in Love?" (1987) and "Crystal Gayle: Duets" (2000),
and on Gary Morris's "Gary Morris Greatest Hits Vol. II" (1990). The chorus used for the opening segment is available for download from
Sound America, under "Themes."
The songwriter version of the theme song, along with "Ladykiller," Jamie and Marley's theme, and
Jamie and Kelsey's theme, are available on "Soap Opera's Greatest Love Themes Vol. II" (1992).
Grant and Vicky's theme and Jake and Paulina's theme are available on "Soap Opera's Greatest
Love Themes Vol. III."
Ryan and Vicky's theme is available on "Soap Opera's Favorite Wedding Music" (1995).
James Dunne has written, produced, or published many of the songs used on Another World.
Rick Rhodes has composed music for the show.
In the 1970s until September 4, 1981, a theme similar to the opening was played during the end credits.
From September 7, 1981 - March 26, 1987, a tune similar to the new opening theme was played.
From 1987-1996, there were three choices for end credit music.
- (1) The theme debuted recapping Gary Morris and Crystal Gayle's performance on March 27, 1987. The instrumental version debuted on March 30, 1987 and played until July 25, 1988. Occasionally the song would include the lyrics.
- (2) The "rock" instrumental, which started on July 26, 1988, was played about 90%-95% of the time.
- (3) Special music is played to commemorate special events during regular and special episodes.
For about two years from 1987-1989, an instrumental version of the theme song was played occasionally.
From 1996-1999, a new jazzy end theme was played during the end credits.
Special end music for regular episodes has included the following:
- Olive crying audibly over Evan's body, with no music. (December 16, 1977)
- Adventure music for Carl/Chris battle in river (November 29, 1985)
- Christmas music (December 25, 1985)
- "When You Wish Upon A Star" for 25th anniversary (May 22 and 23, 1989)
- Soft music for Mac's death and funeral (June 14, 1989)
- Piano version of theme song accompanying clips of Mac and Amanda (June 15, 1989)
- "Right as the Rain" accompanying a photo montage of Douglass Watson and various cast members (June 16, 1989)
- Christmas music (December 25, 1989)
- "Jake's theme" for Jake's shooting (October 1990)
- "Ladykiller" theme (September 1991)
- "Everything I Do I Do It for You" instrumental for Frankie's death and rebirth (two episodes, October 1991)
- Soft instrumental (Christmas 1991)
- Christmas music (December 1992)
- Instrumental for Vicky and Grant's wedding (several episodes, February 1993)
- "I Know That This Is Love" instrumental, Vicky and Ryan dancing in the ice cave (March 1993)
- Intrumental from same scene in episode, Vicky running into Grant's arms (March 1993)
- Soft instrumental, Ada's memorial (May 5, 1993)
- Christmas music (December 24, 1993)
- Soft music for Jake and Paulina's adventures in the wilderness (several episodes, July - August 1994)
- Bagpipes for Jake's funeral (March 1995)
- "I Know That This Is Love," for Ryan's death (October 1995)
- Christmas music (December 23, 1996)
- Sounds of revelry (New Year's Eve, 1996)
- Toni singing at Gary and Josie's wedding (July 21, 1997)
"The writers or the Producers will come up with an idea for a montage and give the information to
a Production Coordinator and that person will research through scripts and story summaries to find
the appropriate scenes for the montage. After all the scenes are chosen, the Associate Director will
work closely with the Editor to piece the montage together to make it look warm and loving, or
scary, or whatever it needs to be, afterward, the music director will add appropriate music to
enhance the montage. Some times if editing to the beat in a particular musical piece is important,
we will put the music in before editing the video in. The producer has the final word on the
montage before it is put into the show." (Karen Thomas, AW Editor, for the AWHP, 1997)
- Dawn Rollo. Dawn performed at TOPS.
- Dean Frame. Dean was a professional singer who went on to do
concerts and make albums and music videos.
- Kathleen McKinnon. Kathleen sang at the 1991 July 4th picnic and also appeared at a nightclub.
- Leo Mars. Leo was a professional singer who sang at his nightclub,
- Lily Mason. Lily sang at Tallboy's restaurant.
- Maggie Cory. Maggie was sort of Dean's protégé. She went on to make a song with him as well as
singing on the opening night of the Harbor Club.
- M.J. McKinnon. M.J. was an aspiring singer during her youth.
- Melissa Needham. She sang at, as well as managed, the Connection.
- Nicole Love. During her second incarnation she acquired a voice.
Nicole performed at TOPS.
- Ronnie Lawrence. Ronnie used to don a wig and masquerade as Tiffany
Simone, who sang at the Pelican Club.
- Sam Fowler. While testing a microphone during the set-up to one of Dean's concerts, Sam stunned
everyone with his voice. He went on to become a successful country singer.
- Tracy DeWitt. Tracy was an enormously successful singer who toured and cut albums.
- Donna. Donna initiated an a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" during Sharlene's memorial
service. In December of 1995 she sang love songs to Matthew in hopes of winning him back.
- Grant. Grant sang in KBAY's Match Dare telethon.
- Joe. Joe often performs Elvis tunes.
- Kelsey. Kelsey sang Gregory to sleep once.
- Marshall. Marshall sang at KBAY's Match Dare telethon.
- Michael. Michael took Donna on a vacation to Hawaii in 1986 and crooned to her while she
swooned on the balcony.
- Morgan. Morgan hopped onto the piano at the Harbor Club and sang a song for Lorna.
- Toni. Toni sings in her church choir.
Dean Frame's Songs
Oh, Jenna; Ladykiller; Nothing Can Stand in the Way of
Love; Only with You; All the Love I've Got (Tommy
Kent, co-writer); A New Light Shines; The Man of My Dream
Dean's backup band, Rascal were portrayed by: Sean Anthony, Lisa Bekker, Chris Howell, and Jeff Warren