Theme music from the dating game
In 1980, he starred in and directed The Gong Show Movie. Its storyline and approach, though including a number of Gong Show segments, was a bit less "zany" (another favorite Barris phrase) than some audiences may have expected.The Gong Show has had four subsequent revivals, one under Barris' title (with Don Bleu) in 1988–89, one on The Game Show Network in 2000 called Extreme Gong and another with current format owner Sony Pictures Television (with Dave Attell) in 2008.We will of course, honor selections that you may have in mind. Just about ANY song you like can be used as an introduction!!
In the early 1980s, Patton was even pointed out by tour guides of incoming NBC tours as his onscreen character, while at the same time adhering to his more typical off-camera work duties.
However, Barris became a public figure in 1976 when he produced and served as the host of the talent show spoof The Gong Show, which he packaged in partnership with television producer Chris Bearde.
The show's cult following far outstripped the two years it spent on NBC (1976–78) and the four years it ran in syndication (1976–80).
Barris also wrote or co-wrote some of the music that appeared on his game shows.
Barris was promoted to the daytime programming division at ABC in Los Angeles and was put in charge of deciding which game shows ABC would air.