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18 Memorable TV Theme Songs

Ballad of Jed Clampett (The Beverly Hillbillies)

When hillbilly Jed Clampett struck oil while hunting on his land, he packed up his family and moved where the other rich people lived -- Beverly Hills, California, of course! His beautiful and usually barefoot daughter, Elly May, attracted a lot of attention as did pretty much everything about the Clampett family. Series creator Paul Henning wrote the "Ballad of Jed Clampett," which was performed by bluegrass musicians Flatt and Scruggs. After the show debuted in 1962, the song made it to number 44 on the pop charts and all the way to number one on the country charts.