First Run December 20, 1965 – July 6, 1973 (ABC Daytime) October 6, 1966 – January 17, 1970 (ABC primetime) September 10, 1973 – September 1974 (Syndication) Second Run September 4, 1978 – September 1980 (Syndication) Third Run September 15, 1986 – September 8, 1989 (Syndication) Fourth Run September 9, 1996 – September 1999 (Syndication) The Dating Game is an ABC television show.It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s.Because there was enough demand for live dates, just like a musical Gepetto, Alpert formed a real Tijuana Brass.The bandleader/trumpeter was joined by Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Robert Edmondson (trombone), Pat Senatore (bass), John Pisano (guitars), Lou Pagani (piano), and Nick Ceroli (drums).
When people (mostly Americans) usually hear "Spanish Flea," the initial reaction is that it's "the Dating Game show theme." The song, and this version of it, was in fact used for many years as the theme song of the popular television show.
As well, the use of marimba underpins the melody perfectly, providing a clever counterpoint.
The song and recording also achieved some modernist "kitsch" notoriety when it was used in the cartoon show The Simpsons, with the main character, Homer Simpson, singing an out-of-tune vocal rendition in his happier moments.
The record's A-side, "What Now My Love", also entered the chart on March 13th and eventually reached #24 (for 1 week)... Lane, born Abigail Francine Lassman, celebrated her 81st birthday last month on December 14th (2013) and Mr.
Alpert will be 79 years old in two months on March 31st (2014).