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.
“If I could be doing anything, I’d be laying on the floor in my birthday suit eating junk food and watching something dumb on TV.”
Singer Anita Baker
America has shut down. You can’t go anywhere, and you can’t do much. Maybe read (thank you by the way). Watch some TV. Ah, your television set.
A few years ago the Hollywood Reporter asked more than 2,800 industry people — including 779 actors, 365 producers and 268 directors, among others — to pick their favorite TV series of all time (excluding talk shows and news programs).
Tonight, music from some shows that made their top 100.
We begin with a memorable program with a theme that turned into a hit record.
The late James Garner starred as detective Jim Rockford in the NBC series, “The Rockford Files.” Mike Post and Pete Carpenter wrote the theme that featured a synthesizer, blues harmonica, dobro and electric guitar, and what Post called “a chamber group on steroids” – two flutes, two French horns, two trombones. Carpenter didn’t want his name placed on the label of the recording, thinking he was too old at the time (60) to be associated publicly with the single.
Mike Post is considered the most famous and prolific composer of television music. He also wrote the scores Hill Street Blues, Magnum, P.I., L.A. Law, and The Phil Donahue Show.
James Garner briefly attended Hollywood High School but never graduated. He stopped going to class so he take a job as a model for Jantzen bathing suits. “I made 25 bucks an hour! That’s why I quit school. I was making more money than the teachers.”
Then he was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded two Purple Hearts.
Garner died in July of 201419, 2014 at the age of 86.
I always watched this ABC show, week after week.
Former fashion model Maddie Hayes goes broke. She learns that the only asset she has is her ownership in the Blue Moon Detective agency. Despite wanting to get rid of the business she hangs on. With David Addison she tackles some very unusual cases.
Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis starred. The yummy Shepherd sings two great standards here.
The series ran from March 1985 to May 1989, won seven Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes.
This next program lasted for 5 years and 120 episodes, had two spin offs and there were several movies as well.
Just about every big star at the time appeared as a guest.
Jim Henson, the creative genius behind the Muppets, died of pneumonia in 1990. He was 53.
Next up, real classic TV. From TV.com:
Cuban-born bandleader, Ricky Ricardo, and his wife, Lucy, live in a Brownstone apartment building on East 68th Street in New York City. The beautiful but daffy Lucy has the nasty habit of getting into jams, scrapes, and predicaments of all kinds. The Ricardos’ best friends and landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz, frequently find themselves in the middle of Lucy’s outlandish escapades, whether she’s plotting to land a part in her husband’s nightclub act, determined to write her first novel, or concocting yet another sure-fire “get-rich-quick” scheme.
You remember the theme song? It became more modern in the 1970’s thanks to a certain dance craze.
Of course, you couldn’t possibly forget the Wilson Place Street Band. One hit wonder? You guessed correctly.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
We close with…
This franchise is considered intimidating to some because there’s just so much: five live-action TV shows, an animated series, and 13 feature films. The brainchild of writer and former Air Force pilot Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek debuted in September of 1966, and though the original series last but three seasons it had a major cultural impact.
Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, commands the crew of the starship Enterprise on their five-year mission of scientific exploration and intergalactic diplomacy in the 23rd Century.
The late Canadian jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson lets loose here, with a flute solo by Bobby Militello in this track from a 1977 album.