The Star Trek theme song is familiar to pretty much everyone. It was played during the original show’s opening credits back in 1966. A slightly longer version is played, during the closing credits.
The show’s familiar melody was written by Alexander Courage, a well respected film and TV composer. In his contract it was stipulated that, as the composer, he would receive royalties every time the show was aired and the theme song played. If, somehow, Star Trek made it into syndication – which, of course, it did, Courage stood to make a lot of money. And so did the person who wrote the lyrics. Wait… the lyrics?
Gene Roddenberry, the show’s creator, wrote lyrics to the theme song, but they were never even meant to be heard on the TV show. That’s because Gene Roddenberry wanted a piece of the composing profits, so he wrote the words, solely to receive a “co-writer” credit. As one of the composers, Roddenberry received 50 percent of the royalties … cutting Alexander Courage’s share in half.
According to the website ‘Snopes’, Gene Roddenberry was unapologetic. He once declared, “I have to get some money somewhere. I’m sure not gonna get it out of the profits of Star Trek.” Keep in mind, in 1969, after Star Trek officially got the ax, no one could possibly have imagined the show’s great popularity and staying power. Want to read more? Check out the full article here: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/unthemely-behavior/
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