Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
This Sunday it’s TV’s biggest night. The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
There are some music award categories:
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score)
Outstanding Music Direction
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
Outstanding Music Supervision
This week, some of the great television music from the past.
Let’s get started.
In 1968 a popular series debuted about a special branch of the State Police. They only answered to the Governor, and were led by Steve McGarrett.
In May of 1969 The Ventures hit #4 with their recording of the program’s theme.
This big band put out their version in 2001.
This next ensemble was a large group of studio musicians.
They go together with the sole purpose of recording a contemporary. and in 1977 that meant disco, version of the theme to a legendary TV series.
It climbed to #24 on the Billboard chart in April of 1977.
On Wednesday Los Angeles was formally awarded the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.
The city hosted two previous Games, in 1932 and 1984.
This next piece was originally composed by John Williams for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and has been used during NBC’s Olympic coverage ever since.
During the fall TV season of 1976 ABC debuted a show produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg about three woman working for a faceless man who gives his trio work assignments over a speakerphone.
Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith starred. With the show’s early success, the actresses were soon on the covers of Time, People, and TV Guide. Fan mail poured in.
The legendary Henry Mancini didn’t write the theme, but he helps perform it here.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
We close with, in my estimation, the best, the greatest TV theme music of all-time.
Craig Stevens played a private investigator who hung out at the club “Mother’s.” Lounge singer Lola Albright was his girlfriend.