The music for Let's Make A Deal was written by Sheldon Allman.
Ivan Ditmars scored the songs each day
for himself and the three other musicians. Because the music was live,
Ivan was able to time it perfectly to fit under Jay Stewart's announcements.
He played the piano and organ while conducting the group which usually consisted of
a drummer, a guitarist, and on nighttime, a harpist. On some nighttime shows, Ivan arranged the music for
Organ, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Harp, 1st
Trumpet, 2nd Trumpet, Tenor Sax, 1st Trombone, and 2nd Trombone. The Closing Theme for the larger band was arranged by Sammy Nestico. The Let's
Make A Deal theme song played by Ivan and his small combo is available
on a CD put out by Varèse
Sarabande entitled "The Best of TV Quiz and Game Show Themes."
A List of Ivans Shows
(from The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows
by David Schwartz, Steve Ryan, Fred Wostbrock)
The Internet Movie Database shows that Ivan composed the music for the following:
Also, look for Ivan's credit in the "Requiem for Methuselah" episode of the original Star Trek television series. He composed the "Brahms" music played by Spock.
Our beloved Ivan Ditmars passed away in 1997. After making his home in Burbank for many years, he had retired to the lovely California town of Encinitas with his wife Harriet. He was a warm, funny, delightful man.
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