Unmasked History of Scooby Doo Episode 1: Rich Dickerson

Episode 1 of the Unmasked History of Scooby Doo is here!! Featured this episode is music composer Rich Dickerson, who has quite an expansive songwriting catalog in the Scooby Doo franchise. Rich worked on early direct to video movies including Legend of the Vampire and Monster of Mexico, as well as, most notably, writing the theme song and other music for What’s New Scooby Doo.

Photo courtesy Rich Dickerson.

Highlights of this episode include:

1- The story of how the What’s New Scooby Doo theme song was written.

2- The process of writing music for animation.

3- Who was originally considered to sing the What’s New Scooby Doo theme.

Make sure to listen above! Or you can also read a transcript of the interview here.

If you’d like to follow Rich, you can find him on Instagram @richmusic, or at richdickerson.com.

I kept thinking that they’re going to replace it. I just didn’t believe it. I thought, not until I’m watching it on TV am I going to believe it.

Rich Dickerson

As mentioned in the episode, Rich was so kind as to send me a few really cool behind the scenes photos! I’ve watermarked them with both his name and the podcast, as he certainly didn’t have to share them and I don’t want them circling around the internet with no credit! Take a look below.

The sheet music for the What’s New Scooby Doo theme song. Photo courtesy Rich Dickerson.
The guitar the What’s New Scooby theme song was written on. Photo courtesy Rich Dickerson.
“To Rich: Just a short note to thank you for some great music!” A note from Scooby Doo creator, Ken Spears to Rich Dickerson. Photo courtesy Rich Dickerson.
The sheet music for the song Merry Christmas Day, which appears in the What’s New Scooby Doo episode A Scooby Doo! Christmas (season 1, episode 10.) Photo courtesy Rich Dickerson.

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