April 23, 2011 11:34 AM Subscribe
- It was written by Raymond Scott in 1937, and first heard by the world played by the Raymond Scott Quintette on CBS Radio's Saturday Night Swing Club.
- It was first recorded in 1937 and released by Master Records. It was later re-released by Brunswick and then Columbia.
- It contains a middle section that has a greatly different tempo and style from the rest of the song, to the degree that it is sometimes considered to be two different songs.
- It was a popular tune of its time. Among Raymond Scott's admirers was Carl Stalling, music director for Warner Bros. cartoons. Stalling's appreciation for Scott lead to his music being featured frequently in Warner cartoons. Itself, it has been used in dozens of classic cartoons, especially in places depicting rapid motion or heavy machinery. Despite this, no Warner cartoon contains a complete version of the work.
- It's now so recognized from its use in cartoons that most people can probably hum portions of its middle potion, and recognize the rest, even if they don't know it's name. It's so connected with cartoons that Cartoon Network used it as a distinctive bumper tune from 1997 to 2003.
- Regardless of its iconic nature, it's still in copyright and is controlled in the US by Music Sales Corporation, and elsewhere by Warner/Chappell Music.
- That song is called "Powerhouse."
Performed with harmonicas - Performed by orchestra in 2008 - From “The Piano Guy,” Dave Powers plays piano duet with himself - Arranged in Mario Paint Composer - An unusual performance - for the obsessed: Remixed with dozens of different cartoon theme songs from the “Powerhouse” Cartoon Network rebranding – More versions
A few other Raymond Scott songs on YouTube. Don't be surprised if you already know parts of these:
Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals - The Toy Trumpet - Huckleberry Duck - War Dance for Wooden Indians - The 18th Century Drawing Room - Twilight in Turkey
Some audio from the Raymond Scott website.
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