Label from original 78 rpm
|Single by Ray Anthony and his Orchestra|
|B-side||"Dancing in the Dark"|
|Format||10-inch 78 rpm & 7-inch 45 rpm|
|Genre||Theme song, instrumental, big band|
"Dragnet" is an instrumental theme from the radio and television show of the same name. It was composed by Walter Schumann for the radio show, and was also used on the subsequent television series and later syndication of the TV series under the name "Badge 714". The theme is in two parts: an opening signature "Main Title" (the ominous "Dum - - - de - DUM - DUM") and the "Dragnet March" used over the end credits.
After the theme became a chart hit, the publishers of the score for the 1946 film version of The Killers composed by Miklós Rózsa challenged the authorship of the copyright of the Dragnet "Main Title". They contended that Walter Schumann had visited the sound stage in 1946 when Miklós Rózsa was recording "The Killers", and so had picked up (perhaps subconsciously) the melody of a cue for that film known as "Danger Ahead". A settlement between publishers resolved the case by allowing both composers and publishers to share the royalties for the short opening signature "Main Title", which became known as "Danger Ahead" after that. The "Dragnet March" remained the exclusive composition of Schumann.
The 1953 recording by Ray Anthony and his Orchestra sold over 500,000 copies in the US and rocketed Ray Anthony to popularity. It was available as both a 45 rpm 7-inch vinyl record and a 78 rpm 10-inch shellac record. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent two weeks in the UK chart (December 10, 1953 and January 14, 1954), peaking at number seven.
UK single picture sleeve
|Single by The Art of Noise|
|from the album In No Sense? Nonsense!|
|Format||7-inch single, 12-inch single|
|Genre||Theme song, instrumental, dance music|
|Producer(s)||Anne Dudley, J. J. Jeczalik|
|The Art of Noise singles chronology|
The 1987 version by The Art of Noise was an international hit, and won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. It was used as the theme music for the 1987 film version of Dragnet based on the TV show.
A new version was released the following year, "Dragnet (The '88 Mix)".
The Art of Noise version reached number 60 in the UK, number 84 in the Netherlands, number 25 in New Zealand and number 29 in Switzerland. "Dragnet (The '88 Mix)" reached number 90 in the UK.
the theme song was also vocally covered by a random barbershop quartet for the Tums commercials.
The opening signature was used in the theme song for the 1987 TV series Simon and the Witch.
The opening signature is frequently played during NHL hockey games by the home team (Detroit is one example) whenever a member of the opposing team has drawn a penalty.