Whew! (found soundtrack of CBS game show; late 1970s)
The show's logo.
Date found: 25 Sept 2021
Found by: GUMMY2371
Whew! was an American game show created by Jay Wolpert that aired on CBS from April 23rd, 1979 to May 30th, 1980, and was hosted by Tom Kennedy. The show is notable for its unique format and animated intro created by Hanna-Barbera. The object of the show is that two contestants go head to head to correct "bloopers" in a variety of statements (ex: A favourite accordion song goes "Lady Of Spain, I Abhor You" Correct answer: Adore). The show wasn't very popular during its airtime but would build a cult following in the years to come. The show has been reran on the game show channel Buzzr since September 6th, 2021, over 40 years since its cancellation.
Background[edit | edit source]
The show's soundtrack was composed by the late Alan Thicke who also did the themes for Wheel Of Fortune, The Joker's Wild, The Wizard Of Odd's, Stumpers, Blank Check, The Diamond Head Game, and many more. The soundtrack is another thing why the show is so memorable.
Availability[edit | edit source]
The show's entire soundtrack had never been heard since the show's cancellation although numerous stitches and recreations of the soundtrack have circulated throughout the years, most notably the closing theme to the show was uploaded to YouTube by user Thewhammy83 on June 27th, 2010. Alan Thicke not only said he doesn't remember the show but also that he doesn't have the soundtrack in his possession. The show's executive producer Burt Sugarman also doesn't have a copy of the soundtrack but confirmed he has all 247 episodes of the show. There were rumours floating around that Thicke destroyed the master reels of the soundtrack after an ugly divorce, but the rumour has never been confirmed.
In February 2009, the Museum of Television Production Music announced that they would be searching for the soundtrack. They later tweeted eleven months later that Thicke had released the rights for the soundtrack to them. In late 2012, they announced that they have found the entire soundtrack and posted a picture on their website of the soundtrack's reels and tracklist. They restored it and made it available to their yearly subscribers as a renewal gift for a limited time until mid-2013.
The soundtrack was used as part of a charity live stream called "24 Hour Game Show Marathon 2" on May 18th, 2013 in which 24 of the greatest game shows of all time were played for 24 hours straight. Whew! was part of the lineup and the charity organizers were allowed to use the soundtrack from the show. The footage of Whew! being played was uploaded to YouTube by user Pacdude Games on May 21st. They played Whew! again in 2014 but the only footage from that run of Whew! was silent and sped up, but it could be possible that the soundtrack was used. The theme was also used as a remix of "X Gon' Give It to Ya" called "X Gon' Whew It To Ya" that was uploaded to SoundCloud also by Pacdude Games in 2014.
On September 13th, 2020, Lost Media Wikia user Comedyfan74 used a website called PhonicMind.com to remove the vocals from X Gon' Whew It To Ya leaving just the instrumental that is basically the Full Open. It was uploaded to the Internet Archive two days later.
On September 25th, 2021, a mysterious Twitter user named GUMMY2371 posted a now deleted tweet with a google drive link to the soundtrack. The soundtrack would later be archived by Lost Media Wiki user YoshiKiller2S.
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References[edit | edit source]
- A website with some of the recreations of the tracks from the show. Retrieved 12 Sep '20
- Archived progress report on the search for Whew!'s soundtrack. Retrieved 12 Sep '20
- A forum page discussion on the Alan Thicke rumour. Retrieved 12 Sep '20
- Museum of Television Production Music website page on the soundtrack's reel. Retrieved 12 Sep '20
- Archived tweet of the soundtrack's resurfacing