Many middle age and older folk grew up watching The Three Stooges, and can still recite the theme song that has been engraved into their noggins. But, how much do they actually know about the song. Here are facts about The Three Stooges theme song.
1. More than one theme song
The Three Stooges actually had two theme songs, one was “Three Blind Mice” and the other was “Listen to the Mocking Bird.”
2. Who wrote “Listen to the Mocking Bird”
In 1855, African-American Richard Milburn wrote the music; while Septimus Winner under the name “Alice Hawthorne” wrote the lyrics. Winner’s sheet music arrangement never credited Milburn.
3. How was the song used in The Three Stooges
Its verse was rendered in a comical feel as the theme song for early short films by the three stooges (1935-38). The comical feel was established through instrumental music an chirping birds.
4. Another Famous Work
Up until now, you’ve probably never hear of Septimus Winner, but he also wrote the famous song “Oh Where, Ohe Where Has My Little Dog Gone.”
5. “Three Blind Mice”
This English nursery rhyme and musical round has been around since 1609. There does not seem to be a lyricist nor composer credited; but a number of composers have been credited for variations of the song, including Schumann, Holbrooke, and Haydn.
6. “Three Blind Mice” in The Three Stooges
The Three Stooges used a jazz interpretation of the song as their theme song for most of their comedic short films after 1938.
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