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NBA on NBC Original Theme Song

The iconic NBA theme song played during NBC telecast from 1990 to 2002 was written and composed by John Tesh and is called “Roundball Rock.”

The use of the song by NBC during NBA games coincided with the rise and dominance of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1990’s.

According to John Tesh, he came up with the basic idea for the theme while in a hotel in Europe. Since he didn’t have access to a piano, he called his answering machine and sung the idea into the phone.

In this video, Tesh details calling his answering machine with the song idea and even plays the original answering machine recording on stage before performing the song.

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