Sitcoms Online - Main Page / Message Boards - Main Page / Photo Galleries / DVD Reviews / News Blog / Buy TV Shows on DVD

View Today's Active Threads / View New Posts / Mark All Boards Read / Chit Chat Board

Gilligan's Island (Sitcoms Online) / Gilligan's Island links and theme songs at Sicoms Online / Gilligan's Island Photo Gallery


Gilligan's Island - The Complete First Season

Buy Gilligan's Island - The Complete First Season on DVD
Gilligan's Island - The Complete Second Season

Buy Gilligan's Island - The Complete Second Season on DVD
Gilligan's Island - The Complete Third Season

Buy Gilligan's Island - The Complete Third Season on DVD
Gilligan's Island - The Complete Series

Buy Gilligan's Island - The Complete Series on DVD

Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums  

Go Back   Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums > 1960s Sitcoms > Gilligan's Island
User Name
Password


Welcome to the Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, search, view attachments, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Headlines Twitter Facebook Instagram RSS

Antenna TV's Dennis the Menace Thanksgiving Day Marathon, Plus More Classics; MeTV Pays Tribute to Marcia Strassman Tonight
CBS Fall Pilot Review: The McCarthys - Premieres Thursday, Oct. 30; TBS Orders Comedy Pilot from Daily Show Producers
TV Land's Frightfully Funny Roseanne Halloween Marathon; CBS Picks Up Full Seasons of All New Dramas
ABC Cancels Manhattan Love Story; Remembering Marcia Strassman of Welcome Back, Kotter
Week 5 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did
SitcomsOnline Digest: First Cancellation of the New Season; CSI Season Cut Short; New Mill Creek DVDs
Rare Game Show on GSN with TV Veterans; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 27, 2014)


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November/December)

WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series Sgt. Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show - The Complete Series Family Ties - The Complete Series Happy Days - The Sixth Season The Jeffersons - The Complete Series Mork & Mindy - The Complete Series

10/07 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Classic Christmas Episodes
10/07 - The Flying Nun - The Complete First and Second Seasons (Mill Creek)
10/07 - The Middle - The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Archive)
10/07 - The Office - The Complete Series
10/07 - The Wonder Years - Season One
10/10 - The Wonder Years - The Complete Series - Read Our Review / The Signature Edition / Seasons 1-3
10/14 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season
10/14 - Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season
10/21 - Married with Children - Seasons 5 and 6 (Mill Crek)
10/21 - The Soul Man - The Complete Second Season
10/21 - Square Pegs - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/28 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series
11/04 - Hot in Cleveland - Season Five
11/04 - Napoleon Dynamite - The Complete Animated Series
11/04 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Complete Series
11/11 - Dads - The Complete Series
11/11 - Family Ties - The Complete Series
11/11 - My Favorite Martian - Best of Collection
11/11 - Taxi - The Complete Series
11/11 - Wings - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/18 - King of the Hill - The Complete Seventh Season / The Complete Eighth Season
11/25 - Better Off Ted - The Complete Second Season
12/02 - Happy Days - The Sixth Season
12/09 - Barney Miller - The Complete Sixth Season
12/09 - The Jeffersons - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mister Ed - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mork & Mindy - The Fourth Season / The Complete Series
12/16 - The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - The Final (Fourth) Season
12/23 - My Favorite Martian - Season Two - Collector's Edition
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-14-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
The Flying Dutchmans
Senior Member
Member
 
The Flying Dutchmans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 30, 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 1,013
Default This Is Who Sang The Ballad Of Gilligans Island

For many years I have been asking the question of who sang the ballad of GI and never got the answer. In the first season I know it was the Wellingtons and have known that for quite sometime. But I always wondered who sang the ballad in the 2nd and 3rd season's as it was never credited. I know Sherwood Shwartz and George Wyle wrote the ballad, and I used to think that either Sherwood or George sang it. Deep down inside I knew I was wrong and now I know I am. I just found out on Wikpedia that according to Russel Johnson's book (Here On Gilligans Island) That it was a group called the Eligibles. Although I have never heard of The Eligibles, it is nice to finally have the long awaited answer to my question. Now I can finally rest in peace.
__________________
A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow, in the midst of which light the mast, spars and sails of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief."
The Flying Dutchman
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 10:42 PM   #2
Rezny@gmail.com
Senior Member
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 20, 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 2,626
Default

I've never heard of The Eligibles either.I think the theme used in the black and white first season episodes by The Wellingtons,was FAR better and more tropical-sounding than the military march-type sounding theme by The Eligibles
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 10:52 PM   #3
Rezny@gmail.com
Senior Member
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 20, 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 2,626
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rrezny@usnetizen
I've never heard of The Eligibles either.I think the theme used in the black and white first season episodes by The Wellingtons,was FAR better and more tropical-sounding than the military march-type sounding theme by The Eligibles
And I forgot to add:In all of the(with all of the original series cast except for Tina Louise)TV-movies of "Gilligan's Island"-NBC's "Rescue from Gilligan's Island","The Castaways on Gilligan's Island","The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island",they used the theme by The Eligibles,NOT(I wonder why)The Wellingtons.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2011, 12:08 AM   #4
The Flying Dutchmans
Senior Member
Member
 
The Flying Dutchmans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 30, 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 1,013
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rrezny@usnetizen
And I forgot to add:In all of the(with all of the original series cast except for Tina Louise)TV-movies of "Gilligan's Island"-NBC's "Rescue from Gilligan's Island","The Castaways on Gilligan's Island","The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island",they used the theme by The Eligibles,NOT(I wonder why)The Wellingtons.

It's possible that they used the 2nd and 3rd season theme because it was the most known. By the 2nd season GI was getting more popular. They could have chosen to use the Wellngtons version in the 3rd season again, but elected to use the Eligible's version instead. There could have been other issues like copyright or even something to do with the Wellingtons who may have wanted more money if it was used, or could have been any number of other reasons. I myself like the Eligible's version better than the Wellingtons.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2011, 01:20 PM   #5
fshepinc
First Time Poster
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 06, 2003
Posts: 1
Default

You guys are missing the obvious: the song's lyrics were changed for the second season, giving equal billing to the Professor and Mary Ann -who in the original Wellington's version were simply "and the rest." The billing had been questioned by the cast at the very beginning of the series, but it was deemed to expensive to rerecord and reshoot the opening sequence. Later, when the show moved from B&W to color the sequence had to be reshot anyway, so a new version of the theme was recorded.

Like some of you, I much prefer the sound and style of the Wellington's version, but as a performer I know how much billing matters, so I can see why they'd stick with the later Eligibles version for later shows.

Also, The Wellingtons were a real performing group (although they made a specialty of recording TV show themes). Since The Eligibles are uncredited in the series (unlike The Wellingtons) it leads me to believe they were not, in fact, a real group but merely session singers who were "eligible" to do the recording on the date in question. Their performance is not as polished, and the harmonies not as tight as the original, which suggests that it was a rushed job. Remember, the network hated the show even though it was a ratings winner. They considered it an embarrassment, and were not likely to spend any more money on it than they had to...
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2011, 02:41 PM   #6
TV_on_the_Porch
Forum Regular
anything good on?
 
TV_on_the_Porch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 18, 2005
Posts: 778
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rezny@gmail.com
And I forgot to add:In all of the(with all of the original series cast except for Tina Louise)TV-movies of "Gilligan's Island"-NBC's "Rescue from Gilligan's Island","The Castaways on Gilligan's Island","The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island",they used the theme by The Eligibles,NOT(I wonder why)The Wellingtons.

They used the Eligibles second-season opening and closing themes for 'Rescue' and their opening only for 'Castaways' with an updated closing sung by who-knows-who. 'Harlem Globetrotters' had an updated opening theme and the closing was, I think, the same one from the second movie.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 09:06 PM   #7
Rich3
Forum Regular
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 10, 2005
Posts: 449
Default

As much as I loved the Mosquitos (who were played by the Wellingtons plus another actor), I prefer the later version used in the 2nd and 3rd seasons. It had more of a tropical/sea-shanty feel. (Sixteen men on a dead man's chest/ Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum). I used to think the first version souned like it was sung by Gilligan, while the latter sounded more like the Skipper. Like it was sung by an old sailor.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2011, 12:33 AM   #8
Sterling Holobyte
Senior Member
Member
 
Sterling Holobyte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 07, 2002
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,704
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fshepinc

Since The Eligibles are uncredited in the series (unlike The Wellingtons) it leads me to believe they were not, in fact, a real group but merely session singers who were "eligible" to do the recording on the date in question.
Is this them? Sounds like them.

http://youtu.be/sr9CG3jPRq8
__________________
Luke: "... Is the dark side stronger?"
Yoda: "No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive."

---------------------------------------------------
Yoda: "Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny."

My 2nd First Blog:http://saturdaymorningfunnies.wordpress.com/
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2011, 10:43 PM   #9
Rich3
Forum Regular
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 10, 2005
Posts: 449
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sterling Holobyte
Is this them? Sounds like them.

http://youtu.be/sr9CG3jPRq8

That does sound very much like them. I listened to the later version of GI theme, and then this one. Very similar voices.

I also agree that these could have been sessions singers who were brought together by a TV or music producers for a few recordings. Kind of like the Monkees. But you never know.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2011, 10:47 PM   #10
Rich3
Forum Regular
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 10, 2005
Posts: 449
Default

Here are the songs from the episode from the second season featuring the fictional band the Mosquitos, who were credited as Les Brown Jr and the Wellingtons, I believe. Their voices definitely sound like the GI season 1 theme song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfU1sC5vK8
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2011, 03:19 AM   #11
The Flying Dutchmans
Senior Member
Member
 
The Flying Dutchmans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 30, 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 1,013
Default

You might wanna check this out. It's about Les Browne and Les Browne JR who was a member of the fictional Rock group, Mosquitos on GI. He has really made quite a name for himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Brown_(bandleader)

Here he is today.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg lesbrownjr.jpg (27.8 KB, 0 views)

Last edited by The Flying Dutchmans : 08-04-2011 at 04:34 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:26 PM.


Although the administrators and moderators of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message. The owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.5.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.