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Writer of 'Cheers' theme song reveals rejected versions

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On Where Have All the Theme Songs Gone?, a CNN special hosted by Don Lemon, one of the creators of the Cheers theme song revealed the humbling road that led to one of the most iconic theme songs in television history. Gary Portnoy, who created the song with Judy Hart-Angelo, and also performed it, played Lemon the first two songs, titled “My Kind of People” and “Another Day,” and it’s hard to fathom either of those taking the place of the song that has become synonymous with the show.

Even when Portnoy and Angelo got the melody right, the lyrics left A LOT to be desired. The song began, “Singing the blues when the Red Sox lose, it’s a crisis in your life. On the run ‘cause all your girlfriends wanna be your wife.”

Growing tired of attempting to write a song the network would accept, Portnoy and Angelo booked studio time before the song was even written. In fact, the words everyone now knows were written in a cab on the way to the studio.