I guess a better title for this post would be David Rose does Marty Paich. Rose is the composer of the theme song for Little House on the Prairie, the long-running ’70s-’80s TV drama I remember being a steady depiction of heart-wrenching pioneer misfortune. Paich is the featured arranger of Gloria Lynne’s 1963 Gloria, Marty and Strings LP. Surely the image of the Ingalls family traveling on a hilltop to their “little house” had Rose thinking about Gloria and Marty’s “Folks Who Live on the Hill” to the extent that he nabbed and reworked that opening french horn intro – even building a whole theme song around it – as a knowing wink.
Gloria Lynne – “Folks Who Live on the Hill” (1963) (excerpt)
David Rose – “Little House on the Prairie Theme” (1974) (excerpt)