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Perry Botkin Jr., Composer of The Young and the Restless’ ‘Nadia’s Theme’, Has Died At 87

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When you think of the all-time best theme songs for your favorite television shows and one that stands the test of time, to many, there is none greater than “Nadia’s Theme” which became the theme song for The Young and the Restless.

The beautiful arrangement has become signature to the world of daytime drama and the opening credits of the CBS Daytime drama from its beginning in 1973.

On Saturday, news spread that “Nadia’s Theme” composer, Perry Botkin Jr, had passed away.  Botkin’s friend, TV writer John Scheinfeld, announced his death on Facebook, noting that Botkin died this past Monday at the age of 87,

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Scheinfeld shared: “Perry was a magnificently talented composer, arranger, producer and story-teller, perhaps best known for composing the Grammy-winning Nadia’s Theme for the CBS soap The Young and the Restless.”

Perry was Oscar nominated and a Grammy-winner in his lifetime.  Among the most notable titles featuring Botkin’s work include: Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley, Adam’s Rib and The Smothers Brothers Show. However, Botkin is most known for Nadia’s Theme which he composed along with Barry De Vorzon.

After the theme became the beloved opening of Y&R, it gained more fame when it was used in a montage for Romanian gymnast Nadia Comāneci’s routines in the 1976 Olympic games on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  Decades later, Mary J. Blige used the sample of the song and made it relevant again for her hit, “No More Drama”

Another song by Botkin Jr. and DeVorzon, “Bless the Beasts & Children” was Oscar nominated, sung by The Carpenters, and also sung at various times on Y&R.

To honor Perry Botkin Jr., check out this compilation of the opening title sequence from Y&R over the years featuring “Nadia’s Theme” below

Share your thoughts on the passing of Perry Botkin Jr., in the comment section, and if you think Y&R has the greatest soap theme song of all-time, or do you think that honor goes to another theme? 

 

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The amazing thing was this song was originally written for a short clip in the movie Bless the Beasts and Children as a dream sequence called Cotton’s Dream that Perry wrote with his writing partner for the film Barry DeVorzion. Both themes stand the test of time and for me hold lasting memories and take me to a peaceful place. I’d love some to post the longer original version as well footage from the 1976 Summer Olympics to see how beautifully it captures the young gymnast in her perfection winning 7 gold medals, making history as no competitor before her… Read more »

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Rest in peace
The y n r theme is legandary and synonymous with the show. Ditto to the Days theme
Was he also the composer of all the gorgeous background music of the show up until 10 years ago?
Y n r s background music was once the envy of daytime. Just like the current writing its become mediocre and d level. What a shame
When i see the flashbacks its so glaring how low the shows fallen. The writing, the lighting and production values and clearly the writing…

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The Days of Our Lives theme, believe it or not, was written by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, the same guys who wrote many of The Monkees hit singles

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So true!!!!

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Hi Damien, as you and I both LONG for the beautiful classic background music to return but I think we both know by now that’s not going to happen…Anyway you asked if Perry Botkin Jr was the composer of the gorgeous background music for Y&R up till 10 years ago…I believe Peter was only responsible for Nadia’s Theme…Back in the 70’s and early 80’s you can listen to the beautiful background music of Y&R on You Tube, Look up Young and Restless Blue Images and then it will show you other background scores from Y&R back in the days, such… Read more »

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Thank you Kevin for sharing that info and about the youtube tip! I believe Jill Phelps fired the music staff and changed or lack there of music direction for the show. Imo it hasnt been the same since.
Hope you come back to the show once Josh Griffith is fired which i hope is soon!

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Hi Damien, YOU are more than welcome…Yes, I believe it’s Jill Phelps doing with getting rid of the music staff and I agree with you 100% that it hasn’t been the same since…I will give Y&R another chance once Josh is gone and one would think CBS/Sony would listen and notice there is something wrong…

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I third that! Bring back the 70s and 80s background music– the music was a CHARACTER on the show.

Needless to say, I thank the guy for writing an eternally lovely soundtrack!

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Exciting news for The Young and the Restless, Sasha Calle (Lola).  The young actress was chosen from over 425 other performers who auditioned for the role of Supergirl.

With her casting, Sasha will star in the upcoming Warner Brothers feature, The Flash and become the first Latina Supergirl ever chosen for a DC Universe role.

According to Deadline: The Flash director Andy Muschietti watched all the auditions along with DC Films boss Walter Hamada and the producers, was blown away by the actress’ toughness and vulnerability that she brought to the role adding, “I saw more than four hundred auditions. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role.”

Calle will follow in the footsteps of Helen Slater who played Supergirl in the 1984 Warner Bros movie, Melissa Benoist who played the part on the on the TV series for 126 episodes.

The Young and the Restless tweeted out huge congrats to their cast member stating: “Huge Congrats to our “Supergirl” @SashaCalle”

Word is that Calle will join the production of The Flash soon to begin her new role.  No word yet on what will happen to the character of Lola on Y&R.

Watch the moment below when Sasha is told by director Andy Muschietti she has the part!

So, excited for Sasha landing this major motion picture DC Universe role? Let us know in the comment section.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ Raises $130,565 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS In Four Day Streaming Event

Last week, ABC Daytime fans were thrilled to see some of the archival footage and performances from the ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares benefit concerts by those who were once in the mighty soap programming block that included: All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. 

While only GH remains, viewers still loved seeing many of their favorites perform in the streaming event, ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which featured footage from those events that ran from 2005-2011 in front of a live audience in New York City.

The 2021 online event, which kicked-off on February 11th and streamed for four days, featured new content with daytime favorites including: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Geary, Kelly Ripa and more, plus performances from the past benefits, and an original dance performance from Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) on the set of GH.

John Dietrich, who directed each of the ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares concerts, wrote and directed the stream. It was presented in partnership with ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites around the country with support from Good Morning America and The View.

According to Broadway World, in total, the ABC Daytime Back on Broadway event raised $130,565. The streaming total includes a matching donation of $50,000 made by Broadway Cares supporters The Dream Alliance.  Now, when combined with the seven-year run of the annual concerts, the ABC Daytime stars have raised $2,020,565 for Broadway Cares.

As part of the event week, Michael Fairman chatted with former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) about her performances over the years at the event, her role of Lindsay and her on-screen feud with Nora (Hillary B. Smith), and more.  You can watch it below.

What did you think of the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway streaming event? Did you enjoy seeing the performances? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, The Kelly Clarkson Show Among Those in Running For Best Hair and Make-Up For Guild Awards

Nominations were announced on Thursday for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (IATSE Local 706) Awards in the fields of motion picture and television.

Guild winners will be announced on April 3rd.

In the category of Daytime Television: Best Hair Styling nominations went to the following teams:

The Bold and the Beautiful Lisa Long, Danielle Spencer, Lauren Larsen, Christina Joseph

The Kelly Clarkson Show Roberto Ramos, Tara Copeland

The Young and the Restless Adriana Lucio, Lauren Mendoza, Regina Rodriquez. Jackie Zavala

The Real Roberta Gardener-Rogers, Rachel Mason, Ray Dobson, Noogie Thai

Dr. Phil “From Tech Genius to Unmotivated Mess” Mimi Vodnoy Love, Annette Jones

In the category of Daytime Television: Best Make-Up nominations went to the following teams:

The Bold and the Beautiful Christine Lai Johnson, Stacey Alfano, James Elle

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Dionne Wynn

The Kelly Clarkson Show Jason McGlothin, Gloria Elias-Foeillet, Chanty LaGrana, John Foster

The Real Melanie Mills, Glen Alen Gutierrez, Motoko Honjo-Clayton

The Young and the Restless Patricia Denney, Kathy Jones, Laura Schaffer, Kelsey Collin

You can view all the nominees here.

So which daytime shows do you think should win Best Hair Styling and Make-Up from the nominees? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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