The show began 66 years ago…and is still seen in reruns by roughly 40 million Americans annually.
Forty years ago this weekend, on this day in 1977, about 26 years after this show’s debut, its theme song finally cracked the Top 40.
“Disco Lucy (I Love Lucy Theme)” by the Wilton Place Street Band reached #19 on one key pop chart and #24 on another. The Wilton Place Street Band was strictly a one-hit wonder studio group, so named because its producer, Trevor Lawrence, lived on Wilton Place in Los Angeles.
Needless to say, “Disco Lucy” reminds me of the parody of the #1 hit “Mickey” by Toni Basil…
You would think there couldn’t possibly be a TV show with a theme song to take longer than 26 years to make the Top 40…but there really is. And THIS theme song took THIRTY THREE years to crack the Top 40 from the time the show debuted in 1960….
The B-52’s actually called themselves the BC-52’s when they hit the top 40 with “(Meet) The Flintstones.”