Dating game show song theme
"Spanish Flea" is a popular song written by Julius Wechter in the 1960s with lyrics by Cissy Wechter. 24 and gaining a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental.
The song is best known from an instrumental version by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, released as a B-side to the single "What Now My Love" and on their 1965 album Going Places. "Spanish Flea" featured Alpert's trumpet over a Latin rhythm backing.
Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.
In the 2013 film White House Down, the ring-tone can be heard repetitively in the film on the character of Richard Jenkins' mobile cell phone.
The song has been heard on The Weather Channel's Local on the 8s time by time between 19.
" In the 1997 film Perdita Durango, the two main characters happily groove to the song while abducting two teenagers.
In an episode of The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Vic Reeves plays the song through a prosthetic arm.
Occasionally, the roles would be reversed with a man questioning three ladies; other times, a celebrity would question three players for a date for themselves or for a co-worker or a relative of theirs.
Before becoming famous, Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Yvonne Craig, Lindsay Wagner, Leif Garrett, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as contestants on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s.
The song was also recorded by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 on their 1966 debut album, Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66.
"Spanish Flea" was also covered by Trudy Pitts on her debut album Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts (1967), by the Doodletown Pipers on The Doodletown Pipers Sing-along '67 (1967) and by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley on Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Spotlight on the Moog, also recorded in 1967.
The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.