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Interesting and Weird Facts from World of Film and T.V. Music #7

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Flipper (1964-1967)

The 1960’s show was known as the aquatic version of Lassie. The music for this popular family series has several interesting twists, just like the show’s star, Flipper. The lyrics to the theme song, credited to William “By” Dunham, underwent a change in season two when a new version was tried with Frankie Randall singing the new words. It didn’t catch on, and after only five episodes the original version of the theme was heard for the rest of the series run. But perhaps most interesting is the music itself, which seemed to have French connections. The tune to the theme song was credited to Henry Vars, but the French-speaking world recognized the melody as La Romance de Paris. (The Love Song of Paris).   The French inspiration also extended to the  music written to accompany the long underwater sequences, which was inspired by Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe.

Even Flipper’s accent was not quite right.
The famous “voice” of Flipper was actually the song of a kookaburra bird (an Australian bird) that was altered to sound like what the producers thought of as “dolphin speak.”

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The words to the Flipper theme song:

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No-one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper lives in a world full of wonder,
Lying there under, under the sea!
Everyone loves the king of the sea,
Ever so kind and gentle is he,
Tricks he will do when children appear,
And how they laugh when he’s near!
They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No-one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper lives in a world full of wonder,
Lying there under, under the sea!

Alternate lyrics for the first five episodes of the second season:

We call him Flipper, Flipper, you’ll see him smilin’
Right from the start, he’ll play it smart.
Beware of Flipper, Flipper, he’s such a lover,
You will discover when he steals your heart!
When you’re feelin’ sad, when you’re feelin’ blue,
He’ll make you glad, yes, that’s what he’ll do,
And what he can do you’ll never believe,
For he’s got tricks up his sleeve!
Beware of Flipper, Flipper, he’s such a lover,
You will discover when he steals your heart!

Source: Wikipedia and http://www.cpps90.com/luke/html/articles/tv_series.html

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