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The Interesting Story of the Days of Our Lives Theme Song

According to well-known historian “Days of Our Lives” Jason 47, the soap’s creators, Ted and Betty Corday, first approached songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart to write the theme for the show. The couple asked the duo to create something that looked a bit like “Sunrise, Sunset,” which the Cordays had seen play in “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway. The team quickly got to work and created two possible themes. However, the Cordays were unimpressed and rejected both of these submissions. The team was reportedly ready to give up when Hart came up with one last idea.

The songwriter told his partner that he wanted to use an organ to play a sound that reminded him of some old radio soap operas his mother used to listen to. When they came back with their third suggestions, the Cordays were on board. They even tapped announcer Ed Prentiss to deliver the iconic lines, “As the sand through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives,” per Things. This original theme was used from 1965 to 1972. However, the show’s star, Macdonald Carey, took over the spoken word vocals in 1966.

Over the years, there have been updated versions of the “DOOL” opening credits. However, one thing remained the same. Carey’s voice is always heard at the start of every episode, and that’s exactly what fans love.