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** GameShowHost: Red Benson, Creator/BillCullen, George [=DeWitt=], Richard Hayes, Dennis James, Tom Kennedy, Jim Lange. Peter Allen hosted an unsold pilot around 1990, and Bob Goen hosted the 1994 [=CDi=] game based off that pilot.

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** GameShowHost: Red Benson, Creator/BillCullen, George [=DeWitt=], Richard Hayes, Dennis James, Tom Kennedy, Kennedy (above), Jim Lange. Peter Allen hosted an unsold pilot around 1990, and Bob Goen hosted the 1994 [=CDi=] game based off that pilot.



** And the "Name That Tune Orchestra", led by Tommy Oliver, Stan Worth, and Harry Salter.

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** Featured singers, including Steve March and Monica Burris (above), Dan Younger.
** The "$100,000 Pianist": Joseph Harnell or Michel Mencien.
** And the "Name That Tune Orchestra", led by Tommy Oliver, Oliver (not [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers that one]]), Stan Worth, Worth (above), and Harry Salter.


[[caption-width-right:350:''The $100,000 Name That Tune'' version (197481). At center: producer Ralph Edwards and host Tom Kennedy. To the left is featured singer Steve March and to the right are featured singer Monica Burris and orchestra leader Stan Worth.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''The $100,000 Name That Tune'' version (197481). At center: Center: producer Ralph Edwards and host Tom Kennedy. To the left is Left: featured singer Steve March and to the right are March. Right: featured singer Monica Burris and orchestra leader Stan Worth.]]


[[caption-width-right:350:''The $100,000 Name That Tune'' version (197481). At center: producer/creator Ralph Edwards and host Tom Kennedy. To the left is featured singer Steve March and to the right are featured singer Monica Burris and orchestra leader Stan Worth.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''The $100,000 Name That Tune'' version (197481). At center: producer/creator producer Ralph Edwards and host Tom Kennedy. To the left is featured singer Steve March and to the right are featured singer Monica Burris and orchestra leader Stan Worth.]]


[[caption-width-right:350:''The $100,000 Name That Tune'' version (197481) with announcer John Harlan and host Tom Kennedy, and the featured performers to either side.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''The $100,000 Name That Tune'' version (197481) with announcer John Harlan (197481). At center: producer/creator Ralph Edwards and host Tom Kennedy, and Kennedy. To the left is featured performers singer Steve March and to either side.the right are featured singer Monica Burris and orchestra leader Stan Worth.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''The $100,000 Name That Tune'' version (197481) with announcer John Harlan and host Tom Kennedy, and the featured performers to either side.]]


Notably, ''Tune'' was very rare among game shows in that its seven-year UsefulNotes/{{syndicat|ion}}ed run flourished in comparison to a pair of concurrent daytime runs on Creator/{{NBC}}; Dennis James hosted the first one from 1974 to 1975 (which began prior to the nighttime debut), and Kennedy hosted a short-lived one in 1977. In 2017, Creator/{{CBS}} ordered a new version, which will likely be [[DuelingShow dueling]] with Fox's ''Series/BeatShazam''.

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Notably, ''Tune'' was very rare among game shows in that its seven-year UsefulNotes/{{syndicat|ion}}ed run flourished in comparison to a pair of concurrent daytime runs on Creator/{{NBC}}; Dennis James hosted the first one from 1974 to 1975 (which began prior to the nighttime debut), and Kennedy hosted a short-lived one in 1977. In 2017, Creator/{{CBS}} ordered a new version, which will likely be [[DuelingShow [[DuelingWorks dueling]] with Fox's ''Series/BeatShazam''.


** This was extended to a 1-1-2-4 setup in most tournament episodes during Lange's version. (Note that if the players split the first two rounds, the third round became absolutely meaningless.) At least one $100,000 finals episode had one contestant sweep the first three rounds, only to lose the final round and the tiebreaker question, giving the whole shebang to his opponent.

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** This was extended to a 1-1-2-4 setup in most tournament episodes during Lange's version. (Note that if the players split the first two rounds, the third round became absolutely meaningless.meaningless, aside from the winner of the third round winning a prize.) At least one $100,000 finals episode had one contestant sweep the first three rounds, only to lose the final round and the tiebreaker question, giving the whole shebang to his opponent.


* MinigameGame: The 1974-85 versions turned the main game into one, with games such as Melody Roulette (where a two-part wheel was spun to determine a dollar amount and potential bonus), Bid-A-Note (the game ''everyone'' remembers), and the Money Tree ($100 in bills on a fake tree, the opponent plucked money off it while the player tried to guess, whoever had more left won the round; discontinued mainly because Kennedy thought it felt too greedy). The Dennis James version also had a game emulating the format of the 1950s and '71 versions, where players raced to ring a bell to get a chance to guess. The 1976 Kennedy daytime run, meanwhile, had a few exclusive to that run: Build-A-Note, where only one member of the orchestra would start playing the tune and gradually the rest would join in; Pick-A-Prize, where the contestants would compete to name tunes and pick different prizes; and Cassette Roulette, where Tom would pick music cassettes out of a rotating drum.

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* MinigameGame: The 1974-85 versions turned the main game into one, with games such as Melody Roulette (where a two-part wheel was spun to determine a dollar amount and potential bonus), Bid-A-Note (the game ''everyone'' remembers), and the Money Tree ($100 in bills on a fake tree, the opponent plucked money off it while the player tried to guess, whoever had more left won the round; discontinued mainly because Kennedy thought it felt too greedy). The Dennis James version also had a game emulating the format of the 1950s and '71 versions, where players raced to ring a bell to get a chance to guess. The 1976 Kennedy daytime run, meanwhile, had a few exclusive to that run: Build-A-Note, Build-A-Tune, where only one member of the orchestra would start playing the tune and gradually the rest would join in; Pick-A-Prize, where the contestants would compete to name tunes and pick different prizes; and Cassette Roulette, where Tom would pick music cassettes out of a rotating drum.


Notably, ''Tune'' was very rare among game shows in that its seven-year UsefulNotes/{{syndicat|ion}}ed run flourished in comparison to a pair of concurrent daytime runs on Creator/{{NBC}}; Dennis James hosted the first one from 1974 to 1975 (which began prior to the nighttime debut), and Kennedy hosted a short-lived one in 1977.

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Notably, ''Tune'' was very rare among game shows in that its seven-year UsefulNotes/{{syndicat|ion}}ed run flourished in comparison to a pair of concurrent daytime runs on Creator/{{NBC}}; Dennis James hosted the first one from 1974 to 1975 (which began prior to the nighttime debut), and Kennedy hosted a short-lived one in 1977.
1977. In 2017, Creator/{{CBS}} ordered a new version, which will likely be [[DuelingShow dueling]] with Fox's ''Series/BeatShazam''.


** TheAnnouncer: Johnny Olson during at least the tail end of the 1950s run, John Harlan from 1974 to 1985.

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** TheAnnouncer: Johnny Olson during at least the tail end of the 1950s run, John Harlan (in his most famous announcing role aside from perhaps ''Series/AmericanGladiators'') from 1974 to 1985.


* AffectionateParody: The late-night talk show ''Series/{{Conan}}'' did an AudienceGame[=/=]sketch called ''Basic Cable Name That Tune'', where the show couldn't afford the rights to play the original songs, and the contestants had to guess the song that the band and homeless lounge singer Brian LaFontaine were performing a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong suspiciously similar version]] of.

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* AffectionateParody: The late-night talk show ''Series/{{Conan}}'' did an AudienceGame[=/=]sketch called ''Basic Cable Name That Tune'', where the show couldn't afford the rights to play the original songs, and so the contestants had to guess the song that the band and homeless lounge singer Brian LaFontaine [=LaFontaine=] were performing a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong suspiciously similar version]] of.


** And Conan O'Brien sometimes features a segment called ''Basic Cable Name That Tune''.

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* AffectionateParody: The late-night talk show ''Series/{{Conan}}'' did an AudienceGame[=/=]sketch called ''Basic Cable Name That Tune'', where the show couldn't afford the rights to play the original songs, and the contestants had to guess the song that the band and homeless lounge singer Brian LaFontaine were performing a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong suspiciously similar version]] of.


* MinigameGame: The 1974-85 versions turned the main game into one, with games such as Melody Roulette (where a two-part wheel was spun to determine a dollar amount and potential bonus), Bid-A-Note (the game ''everyone'' remembers), and the Money Tree ($100 in bills on a fake tree, the opponent plucked money off it while the player tried to guess, whoever had more left won the round; discontinued mainly because Kennedy thought it felt too greedy). The Dennis James version also had a game emulating the format of the 1950s and '71 versions, where players raced to ring a bell to get a chance to guess.

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* MinigameGame: The 1974-85 versions turned the main game into one, with games such as Melody Roulette (where a two-part wheel was spun to determine a dollar amount and potential bonus), Bid-A-Note (the game ''everyone'' remembers), and the Money Tree ($100 in bills on a fake tree, the opponent plucked money off it while the player tried to guess, whoever had more left won the round; discontinued mainly because Kennedy thought it felt too greedy). The Dennis James version also had a game emulating the format of the 1950s and '71 versions, where players raced to ring a bell to get a chance to guess. The 1976 Kennedy daytime run, meanwhile, had a few exclusive to that run: Build-A-Note, where only one member of the orchestra would start playing the tune and gradually the rest would join in; Pick-A-Prize, where the contestants would compete to name tunes and pick different prizes; and Cassette Roulette, where Tom would pick music cassettes out of a rotating drum.


** Here's how suspenseful the Mystery Tune was a manila envelope selected from a lazy-susan placed in a safe backstage (by the producers in the 1976-77 season, by the contestants in 1977-78) was handed to Tom, containing the sheet music (with a piece of tape covering the title) and a smaller envelope containing the general info for the song and with the title. The player was placed in an isolation booth, and could only hear Tom and the piano. The pianist played the song for 20 seconds, then stopped; the player had to guess within the ten seconds that followed. They were then brought out of the booth, and Tom read the background information and any appropriate writing and performing credits for the tune. From there, he announced the title. If the title was an exact match for the contestant's answer, s/he won a huge (for the time) cash prize $10,000 a year for a decade on the nighttime show, a flat $25,000 on the '77 daytime show.

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** Here's how suspenseful the Mystery Tune was a manila envelope selected from a lazy-susan placed in a safe backstage (by the producers in the 1976-77 season, by the contestants in 1977-78) was handed to Tom, containing the sheet music (with a piece of tape covering the title) and a smaller envelope containing the general info for the song and with the title. The player was placed in an isolation booth, and could only hear Tom and the piano. The pianist played the song for 20 seconds, then stopped; the player had to guess within the ten seconds that followed. They were then brought out of the booth, and Tom read the background information and any appropriate writing and performing credits for the tune. From there, he announced the title. If the title was an exact match for the contestant's answer, s/he they won a huge (for the time) cash prize $10,000 a year for a decade on the nighttime show, a flat $25,000 on the '77 daytime show.

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