Musical Memories

DW Cast singing America the Beautiful

By popular request, Designing Women Online presents a guide to the musical selections and performances featured on Designing Women. Listen to each version of the series' theme, and then examine the key songs used to enhance each episode while listening to soundbites of your favorite characters' performances.


"Georgia On My Mind"

Seasons 1, 2 - Original instrumental by Doc Severinson
Season 3 - Jazzy instrumental
Seasons 3, 4, 5 - Classic instrumental
Season 6 - Ray Charles piano and vocals

Original Lyrics by Stuart Gorrell



Music By Episode

The Nieces

Click any underlined title to listen to the sound file or right-click to download. Lyric links lead to original authored lyrics, which may vary from those actually used on the series.



Season One

THE BEAUTY CONTEST
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder, 1976

A BIG AFFAIR
If You Were the Only Girl (lyrics) - performed by fictional fraternity

MARY JO'S FIRST DATE
I'm A Woman - performed by Mary Jo/Annie Potts

THE SLUMBER PARTY
Sleepwalk - Santo and Johnny, 1959

NEW YEARS DAZE
Same Ole Lang Syne - performed by DW cast

OLD SPOUSES NEVER DIE
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? - unidentified version

NASHVILLE BOUND
When I Dream (lyrics) - performed by Charlene/Jean Smart

OH, SUZANNAH
Oh Suzannah, Don't You Cry For Me - performed by Li-Sing/Connie Lew

BACHELOR SUITE
Sleeping Single In A Double Bed - Barbara Mandrell, 1979




Season Two

101 WAYS TO DECORATE A GAS STATION
Ain't Misbehaving - unidentified version

ANTHONY JR.
Endless Love (lyrics) - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor

KILLING ALL THE RIGHT PEOPLE
Just A Closer Walk With Thee - performed by unknown jazz band at funeral

I'LL BE SEEING YOU
I'll Be Seeing You (lyrics) - performed by Charlene/Jean Smart
White Cliffs of Dover (lyrics) - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter
America the Beautiful - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor and DW cast
I'll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby, 1944

HOWARD THE DATE
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night, 1971
Lean on Me - Bill Withers, 1972
Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight, 1971
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder, 1970

I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - performed by Mary Jo/Annie Potts
The Christmas Song - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor
I'll Be Home for Christmas - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter and DW cast

SECOND TIME AROUND
You Don't Know Me - Mickey Gilley, 1981
That's All That Matters - Mickey Gilley, 1980

HOW GREAT THOU ART
How Great Thou Art - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter

TED-BARE
It's My Party - performed by Mary Jo/Annie Potts and Charlene/Jean Smart

RESERVATIONS FOR EIGHT
You're So Good When You're Bad - Charley Pride, 1982




Season Three

THE CANDIDATE
Banana Boat Song - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor
Sixteen Tons - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor

E.P. PHONE HOME
Red Rover Au-tel (Heartbreak Hotel) - performed by Charlene/Jean Smart & Mary Jo/Annie Potts
Burning Love - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor and Charlene/Jean Smart
Are you Lonesome Tonight - performed by Del/Pete Wilcox
Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley, 1960

ONE SEES, THE OTHER DOESN'T
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder, 1970

FULL MOON
Full Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969

THE ENGAGEMENT
Wedding Bell Blues - Unidentified instrumental version

COME ON AND MARRY ME, BILL
Where the Boys Are - Connie Francis, 1961
Wedding Bell Blues (Come On and Marry Me, Bill) - The Fifth Dimension, 1969
My Buddy (lyrics) - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter with Delta Burke and Annie Potts
Ave Maria - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter
Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder - instrumental performed by unknown

THE WOMEN OF ATLANTA
You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker, 1986
This Is All I Ask - Tony Bennett, 1963
I Love Lucy (TV theme song) - Harold Adamson and Eliot Daniel, 1951

THE LAST HUMOROUSLY DRESSED BELLBOY IN AMERICA
Proud Mary - performed by Reggie Mac/Danny Thomason
Mack the Knife - performed by Reggie Mac/Danny Thomason
Delta Dawn - performed by Reggie Mac/Danny Thomason




Season Four

ONE NIGHT WITH YOU
Teach Me Tonight - Nat King Cole
I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos

NIGHTMARE FROM HEE HAW
You Look So Good In Love - George Strait, 1983
Proud Mary - Richard Freeman
Behind Closed Doors - Michael Stanton, Robert Jason, Randel Crenshaw

THE ROWDY GIRLS
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis, 1957
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross & the Supremes, 1970
Love is Strange - Mickey & Sylvia, 1957

BERNICE'S SANITY HEARING
May You Always (lyrics) - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter

THE FIRST DAY OF THE LAST DECADE OF THE ENTIRE TWENTIETH CENTURY
I'll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby, 1944
I Feel Good - performed by Vanessa/Olivia Brown
Same Ole Lang Syne - unidentified instrumental version
Somewhere Out There (lyrics) - James Ingram and Linda Ronstadt, 1987

PAYNE GROWS UP
Sweet Georgia Brown (lyrics) - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter

TORNADO WATCH
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett, 1966
International Lover - Prince, 1983

TOUGH ENOUGH
Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich, 1973

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
As Time Goes By - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor
It Had to Be You - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor
The Way You Look Tonight - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor

LA PLACE SANS SOUCI
Saint Louis Blues - performed by Suzanne/Delta Burke




Season Five

KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree - The Andrews Sisters, 1942
Danny Boy (lyrics) - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter

PEARLS OF WISDOM
Oh Sweet Mystery of Life At Last I've Found You - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter

HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON
How Long Has This Been Going On (lyrics) - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter

THE BIG CIRCLE
Hush Little Baby - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter




Season Six

THE BIG DESK
Do You Love Me - The Dave Clark Five, 1964

A TOE IN THE WATER
Doin' What Comes Naturally - Ethel Merman from Annie Get Your Gun

LAST TANGO IN ATLANTA
You'll Never Walk Alone (lyrics) - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter

THE STRANGE CASE OF CLARENCE AND ANITA
Sleepwalk - Santo and Johnny, 1959

JUST SAY DOE
Black Man, Black Man (debut of signature song) - Bernice/Alice Ghostley

RUSTY AND JULIA, SITTIN' IN A TREE
Julia and Rusty, Sittin' in a Tree - Anthony/Meshach Taylor, Mary Jo/Annie Potts & Allison/Julia Duffy
When Will I Be Loved - The Everly Brothers, 1960

DRIVING MY MAMA BACK HOME
Remember the Good Ole Days - Carlene/Jan Hooks

CARLENE'S APARTMENT
Doin' It the Best I Can (Carlene's TV-theme song) - Carlene/Jan Hooks

MAMED
Musical selections from Jerry Herman's 1966 musical, Mame:

  • Mame - performed by Anthony/Meshach Taylor

  • Bosom Buddies - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter and Ivy/Gretchen Wyler

  • Bosom Buddies - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter and Anthony/Meshach Taylor
  • ALL ABOUT ODES TO ATLANTA
    Atlanta, Where My Sweet Dreams Come True - song created for Carlene's contest

    REAL SCARY MEN
    Make New Friends - performed by Carlene/Jan Hooks and DW cast
    Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer - performed by DW cast

    A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
    You Look So Good In Love - George Strait, 1983
    Make the World Go Away (lyrics) - performed by Dr. Hacker/Gary Morris




    Season Seven

    OF HUMAN BONDAGE
    Louie Louie - performed by Mary Jo/Annie Potts and Carlene/Jan Hooks
    The Wanderer - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter

    SCREAMING PASSAGE
    On A Slow Boat to China (lyrics) - performed by Julia/Dixie Carter
    Heat Wave - performed by Bernice/Alice Ghostley

    VIVA LAS VEGAS
    Boogie Down (lyrics) - performed by Etienne/Sheryl Lee Ralph

    THE VISION THING
    Love Me Tender - performed by Carlene/Jan Hooks and DW cast

    SHOVEL OFF TO BUFFALO
    I Feel So Lonely - B.J./Judith Ivey




    Women of the House

    MISS SUGARBAKER GOES TO WASHINGTON
    Something to Talk About - series theme by Shirley Eikhard
    And I am Telling You I'm Not Going - Jennifer Holliday, Dreamgirls

    GUESS WHO'S SLEEPING IN LINCOLN'S BED
    Medley of "Bill" songs Suzanne arranges for President Clinton:

  • Da Doo Ron Ron - performed by Suzanne/Delta Burke

  • Don't Mess With Bill - performed by Suzanne/Delta Burke

  • Wedding Bell Blues - performed by Suzanne/Delta Burke

  • Da Doo Ron Ron - unidentified version

    THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR
    You'll Never Find - Lou Rawles archival concert footage

    YOU TALK TOO MUCH
    Something to Talk About - variation on series theme by Shirley Eikhard
    Happy Days Are Here Again - performed by Natty/Patricia Heaton
    You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones, 1960

    BAD GIRL
    Bad Girl - Donna Summer, 1979

    THE AFTERNOON WIFE
    Shut Up and Kiss Me - Mary-Chapin Carpenter, 1994

    VEDA
    Something to Talk About - variation on series theme by Shirley Eikhard
    I'm Too Sexy - performed by Veda/Lisa Rieffel

    WOMEN IN FILM
    You Always Hurt the One You Love - Willie Nelson

    NORTH TO ALASKA
    He Touched Me - performed by Natty/Patricia Heaton
    It Had to Be You - performed by Steve/Peter Reckell and Natty/Patricia Heaton
    Honky Tonk Man - Cark Smith




    The Designing Women Reunion

    THE DESIGNING WOMEN REUNION
    I Hope You Dance (lyrics) - Lee Ann Womack, 2000



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