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Zeldar
11-25-2010, 12:38 PM
How many tunes can we identify that have been used as background music for jugglers and magicians and circus acts?

Here are a couple to get us started:

The Galloping Comedians (Comedian's Gallop) by Kabalevsky (http://youtube.com/watch?v=pbeKJTAnZRA)

Khachaturian - Sabre Dance (http://youtube.com/watch?v=PdVFfuwqWbE)

Captain Amazing
11-25-2010, 12:45 PM
The big one is "The Entry of the Gladiators" by Fucik. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=D17TFiQusS8)

Maserschmidt
11-25-2010, 12:47 PM
Flight of the Bumblebee (http://youtube.com/watch?v=y-QrSc_Jw3g), used in a favorite movie scene.

Zeldar
11-25-2010, 01:03 PM
In a Persian Market, Ketelbey (http://youtube.com/watch?v=9G4zHEVOtNk)

Zeldar
11-25-2010, 05:27 PM
Some helpful pages:

Circus music From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus_music)

Barnum and Bailey's Favorite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnum_and_Bailey%27s_Favorite)

Barnum and Bailey's Favorite (1913) - Karl L. King (http://youtube.com/watch?v=kw8BXw3_334)

General Lee March (http://youtube.com/watch?v=rzWx5Go6RMg)

ART METRANO IS WONDERFUL (http://youtube.com/watch?v=_-SNrvHdZJE) << What's this tune? >>

K364
11-25-2010, 08:45 PM
The Grand March from Aida (http://youtube.com/watch?v=l3w4I-KElxQ)

rowrrbazzle
11-25-2010, 10:16 PM
Over The Waves (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sobre_las_Olas) by Juventino Rosas http://youtube.com/watch?v=BrFhfPYPUl4

Zeldar
11-25-2010, 11:19 PM
Some helpful pages:

ART METRANO IS WONDERFUL (http://youtube.com/watch?v=_-SNrvHdZJE) << What's this tune? >>

I finally had the idea to check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Metrano where we see Among Metrano's TV guest appearances was a 1968 episode of Ironside. However, he is more known for his frequent appearances on The Tonight Show in the early 1970s as a "magician" performing absurd tricks (such as making his fingers "jump" from one hand to another) while constantly humming an inane theme song (named "Fine and Dandy", an early 1930s composition by Kay Swift).

which leads to:

fine and dandy (http://youtube.com/watch?v=EXXjQiuoJK8) and George Wallington Trio - FINE AND DANDY (http://youtube.com/watch?v=l864ilVmKLY)

Finally, after 68 years and 11 months I know the name of this damn tune!

Llama Llogophile
11-26-2010, 12:36 AM
A lot of jugglers in the 80's and 90's used Root Beer Rag (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mKrd0lv_p1c), by Billy Joel.

Not traditional circus music, to be sure. But it was peppy, had a lot of emphasis points a juggler could time his moves to, and was exactly three minutes long, which was good for show planning.

Zeldar
11-26-2010, 12:54 AM
A lot of jugglers in the 80's and 90's used Root Beer Rag (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mKrd0lv_p1c), by Billy Joel.

Not traditional circus music, to be sure. But it was peppy, had a lot of emphasis points a juggler could time his moves to, and was exactly three minutes long, which was good for show planning.

Nice! It made me think of other specialized music used for juggling and I ran across this that suggests The Peter Gunn Theme might be a good candidate: Ruslan Dmytruk Juggler " MASK " (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mcGO2z5QD8Y)

Of course, I was actually hunting for Juggling to Beatles Music (http://youtube.com/watch?v=JjmKFsGcIA8)

Sigmagirl
11-26-2010, 08:22 AM
I have whole CDs full of circus music, so I'm a ringer.
Thunder and Lightning is the traditional music for the acrobats.
Valse Bleu is the trapeze acts' tune.

Maserschmidt
11-26-2010, 08:38 AM
I finally had the idea to check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Metrano where we see

which leads to:

fine and dandy (http://youtube.com/watch?v=EXXjQiuoJK8) and George Wallington Trio - FINE AND DANDY (http://youtube.com/watch?v=l864ilVmKLY)

Finally, after 68 years and 11 months I know the name of this damn tune!

YES!!! I've been wondering about this tune for decades, and yesterday reading your thread decided I was going to whistle the damn thing into an MP3 and post it into a new thread begging for help. But you found it! A BIG thank you for posting that!!

Zeldar
11-26-2010, 08:48 AM
YES!!! I've been wondering about this tune for decades, and yesterday reading your thread decided I was going to whistle the damn thing into an MP3 and post it into a new thread begging for help. But you found it! A BIG thank you for posting that!!

You're so welcome! I'm glad it was bugging more than just me and that I could provide a service to any and all. :D

It would be great if we could have a thread that was devoted to helping people get the names for tunes they can whistle or hum but have no good clue to the name of the piece.

I've had poor luck with such websites that attempt that. Their libraries seem to be too limited for my tastes.

Zeldar
11-02-2011, 10:06 AM
Rather than starting a new thread with a link to this one, I decided to risk a bump to the one with the links to YouTube.

Do these sound familiar to you? If so, can you point to others in the same general vein?

Mambo Jambo (Que Rico El Mambo) (http://youtube.com/watch?v=BRLLCIB5vdk)

Perez Prado - Jumbo Jumbo (http://youtube.com/watch?v=NALFodH1QmE)

Tico tico (http://youtube.com/watch?v=voOBtUAK2sg)

Perez Prado - "Patricia" (1958) (http://youtube.com/watch?v=D_CK6mM9wuQ)

The Mole - Harry James Orchestra (http://youtube.com/watch?v=wDR5tqRhuIg)

rowrrbazzle
11-02-2011, 11:17 PM
Thanks for "Mambo Jambo". That's the music Laura Petrie dances to in "To Tell Or Not To Tell", after which Mel has the idea of her temporarily replacing a missing dancer on the Alan Brady Show. I'm adding it to the IMDb entry.

Zeldar
11-03-2011, 07:06 AM
Thanks for "Mambo Jambo". That's the music Laura Petrie dances to in "To Tell Or Not To Tell", after which Mel has the idea of her temporarily replacing a missing dancer on the Alan Brady Show. I'm adding it to the IMDb entry.

It sounds like you may have watched that PBS "America in Primetime." That's where I heard the tune and was 80% sure I knew its name, so I went to YouTube to see if I had the right name.

That triggered the memory of this thread and made me wonder if others had similar uncertainties of similar song names. Thanks for the reply.

Nava
11-03-2011, 07:20 AM
For similar songs, well, you've already linked three of Pérez Prado's (Qué rico el mambo is his), but he was known as the King of Mambo and wrote tons of them; the wiki article lists a selection at the bottom. Lou Bega's cover of his Mambo Number 5 was a big hit c. 1999; you may want to check out the rest of Bega's work for starters while I go hide from any purists.

Peter Morris
11-03-2011, 10:56 AM
Ravel's Bolero is a common one for magicians, especially those doing an "Arabian nights (http://youtube.com/watch?v=reU7XgV2VeI)" themed act. In fact, growing up I saw this so often I thought it was a Middle Eastern tune.

JpnDude
11-04-2011, 03:21 AM
In Japan, a common piece used by magicians onstage or on television for BGM is Paul Mauriat's "El Bimbo" (AKA, The Blue Oyster Bar's tango song in the "Police Academy" films).

mac_bolan00
11-04-2011, 04:50 AM
that magic show hosted by bill bixby: the slow acts liked swan lake and moonlight sonata while the fast ones liked ad jingles and folk music.

mac_bolan00
11-04-2011, 04:55 AM
i'm a bit more fascinated by choices for olympic figure skating. russians almost always have a section devoted to ochi chornya and titana. americans like love songs and movie themes. david santee did the theme music for rocky. one guy did moolight sonata. unforgettable was the pair of randy gardner and tai babilonia. they used the music of battlestar galactica.

Nava
11-04-2011, 07:27 AM
Last time I caught some figure skating with Mom, we started counting uses of Concierto de Aranjuez after it came up for the third time. We eventually got up to eight and the show hadn't ended yet. Capricho Español is a popular one as well.

salinqmind
11-04-2011, 11:01 AM
You're so welcome! I'm glad it was bugging more than just me and that I could provide a service to any and all. :D

It would be great if we could have a thread that was devoted to helping people get the names for tunes they can whistle or hum but have no good clue to the name of the piece.

I've had poor luck with such websites that attempt that. Their libraries seem to be too limited for my tastes.

I found the one where you actually hum the tune you have in mind into the computer microphone. The one I wanted was a moody instrumental that was very familiar, like a 'standard', such as Smoke Gets In Your Eyes or Begin the Beguine. I tried three times, and each time, this website gave me the same answer: "Baby Got Back". :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: Yeah, I gots buns, hon, but what is that f'ing tune??

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