A Composer Is Dead, but Smiles Survive

John Strauss, composer of the theme song to “Car 54, Where Are You?” has died. Rather than a moment of silence, we propose 31 seconds of indelible catchiness, a whirlwind tour of the crime-and-mayhem news cycle of New York City circa 1961 (Khrushchev’s due at Idlewild!) and a peek inside an old-school r.m.p., all available above via the miracle of YouTube.

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