While the classic soap opera ‘Guiding light’ leads many fans back to memory lane, its iconic theme songs are loved even today!
One of the longest-running daytime dramas, ‘Guiding Light‘, was produced for over seven decades. During its long-run, ‘Guiding Light’ went through numerous transitions related to its opening theme songs and logo images. Through its years on television, ‘Guiding Light’ tried to adapt to its new generation of viewers. One of the most visible changes was through its theme songs. Let’s check out the five best ‘Guiding Light’ theme songs.
- The popular ballad trend
- The disco-style opening theme of ‘Guiding Light’
- The revival of the first version
In 1981, creators of ‘Guiding Light’, Procter and Gamble, decided to change the opening themes of most of its soap operas as they wanted to make them more competitive among the rest ABC soaps. During that year, ‘Guiding Light’ changed its opening theme to disco
Guiding Light: 1970s
‘Guiding Light’ revamped its opening theme in 1970. The theme song opened with a new colour lighthouse shot. The shot had a picture of the nighttime sky in blueish colour. This visual was then further accompanied by a new theme called ‘La Lumière‘ by Charles Paul. He was ‘Guiding Light’s’ organist in the summer of 1969. The opening theme song of ‘Guiding Light’ was originally played on the organ. But, in early 1974, it was replaced with a recorded orchestral disposition. The visual of the show also underwent a change by 1974. Instead of the usual blue colour, the sky backdrop changed to a colour tone of red-orange. Viewers were entertained during the breaks of the soap opera by a short Charles Paul composition titled “Rue D’Or” that meant “street of gold” in French.
The popular ballad trend
One of the most popular ‘Guiding Light’ opening theme songs is “The Young and the Restless”. Between 1973 to 1976, several other soap operas incorporated easy listening pop ballad theme songs. ‘Guiding Light’ also followed the popular trend. On November 5, 1975, a new theme song by Charles Paul debuted that was titled “Ritournelle”. The meaning of the french title meant “harping on the same tune”. The original version had a wordless vocal chorus by a female voice over a recurrent harp figure. The song was accompanied by a visual of flowers and tree branches. At the beginning of 1977, the female vocal chorus was replaced by a high semi-muted violin version of the theme melody. This beautiful version of “Ritournelle” continued till the end of 1981.
The disco-style opening theme of ‘Guiding Light’
In 1981, creators of ‘Guiding Light’, Procter and Gamble, decided to change the opening themes of most of its soap operas as they wanted to make them more competitive among the other ABC soaps. During that year, ‘Guiding Light’ changed its opening theme to disco.
The disco-style opening theme by Jack Urbont was accompanied by the main title. The theme song was further followed by numerous clips from the show that featured action-packed scenes and close-ups of all the main characters. In 1984 Gail Kobe, ‘Guiding Light’s’ new executive producer, included new cue music by Elliot Lawrence Productions and a new theme song, “My Guiding Light” by Rob Mounsey.
The new theme was called the “Hold on To Love” by Rob Mounsey. In 1995, when Michael D. Laibson became ‘Guiding Light’s’ executive producer, he added a saxophone-dominated version of “Hold on To Love”.
‘Guiding Light’ theme song 1984
In October 1986, a high-tech dance disposition of ‘My Guiding Light’ was launched with a new opening visual that had the same cast montage and the title of the show. The visual of the opening theme of ‘Guiding Light’s’ was now set in a clear transparent glasslike sculpture and had a blue-sky background. The dance arrangement of “My Guiding Light” was switched with a musical backdrop similar to the ‘Guiding Light’ theme song 1984.
Revival of the first version
In 1991, ‘Guiding Light’ changed its opening theme to the first version of its current opening. The new sequence begins with a lighthouse spreading its light around in swift movements. Each time the light beam came around, we got to see an abstract round light pattern that framed the title of the show, ‘Guiding Light’.
The cast montage of the opening theme had a unique setup with clips of the cast. They were inside rounded patterns that were followed by the title. The new theme was called “Hold on To Love” by Rob Mounsey. In 1995, when Michael D. Laibson became ‘Guiding Light’s’ executive producer, he added a saxophone-dominated version of “Hold on To Love”. Though this version lasted only for a month. The theme was later replaced by an electric guitar version.
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