Saturday, January 20, 2007

Mystery TV Themes: THE MAGICIAN

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

THE MAGICIAN
For one season on NBC, 1973-74, Bill Bixby starred as the crime-fighting The Magician. He portrayed Anthony Blake, a man once wrongfully imprisoned, now an illusionist / escape artist who put his wealth and skills to the aid of other victims of injustice.

The theme was written by the versatile Patrick Williams, who has composed well over 150 scores for film and TV, plus records and concert works. With 22 Emmy nominations (winning four), 13 Grammy nominations (winning two), a CableACE award, and the prestigious Richard Kirk Lifetime Achievement Award from B.M.I., Williams was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music. His many TV themes and scores include The Streets of San Francisco and Lou Grant. An accomplished recording artist and arranger with a proficiency in composing for symphony orchestras as well as jazz bands, Williams is Artistic Director for the Henry Mancini Institute.

Patrick Williams bio at The Henry Mancini Institute
Television Chronicles: The Magician



More themes:
ALIAS
AVENGERS (w/ NEW AVENGERS)
BARNEY MILLER
BATMAN 1966 (w/ THE ODD COUPLE)
BONES

Monday, January 15, 2007

Mystery TV Themes: SIMON & SIMON

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

SIMON & SIMON
The popular P.I. show (1981-88) followed the adventures of brothers who—despite having almost nothing in common—ran a small detective agency. Ambitious A. J. (James Parker) liked fine wine, tailored suits, and classic cars. Laid-back Rick (Gerald McRaney) liked pickup trucks, cowboy hats and cigars.

The theme was written by Joseph Conlan, who has scored for a variety of films and TV movies, including NCIS, Forever Knight, and Tour of Duty.

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Related links:
Simon & Simon theme at Classic TV Links
Joseph Conlan at IMDB
The Simon & Simon Appreciation Site
Simon & Simon at TV.com
Jameson Parker's official site



More themes:
Mystery TV Themes: JUDD, FOR THE DEFENSE
Mystery TV Themes: THE HARDY BOYS / NANCY DREW MYSTERIES
Crime TV Themes: THE EQUALIZER
Mystery TV Themes: PETER GUNN
Mystery TV Themes: STARSKY & HUTCH

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Mystery TV Themes: JUDD, FOR THE DEFENSE

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

JUDD, FOR THE DEFENSE
This legal drama, which aired on ABC 1967-1969, starred Carl Betz as Clinton Judd, a flamboyant attorney based in Houston who took on controversial cases across the country, defending everyone from 1960s flower children to corporate tycoons.

The jaunty theme was written by Alexander Courage, who began as an orchestrator/arranger at MGM studios, working on such films as Show Boat, The Band Wagon, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He frequently served as orchestrator for Andre Previn, John Williams, and Jerry Goldsmith. His TV credits include the original Star Trek, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Daniel Boone, and The Waltons.

Judd, For The Defense theme courtesy Mark Little's MyThemes.TV

Alexander Courage at Wikipedia
Judd, For the Defense at ClassicThemes.com

Judd, For The Defense at The Classic TV Archive
Judd, for The Defense at TV.com
Judd, for The Defense at Wikipedia

DOCUMENTARY ON THE CAREER OF ALEXANDER COURAGE

PART ONE


PART TWO


PART THREE


PART FOUR


More themes:
Mystery TV Themes: THE HARDY BOYS / NANCY DREW MYSTERIES
Mystery TV Themes: THE EQUALIZER
Mystery TV Themes: PETER GUNN
Mystery TV Themes: STARSKY & HUTCH
Mystery TV Themes: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

Monday, January 8, 2007

Mystery TV Themes: HARDY BOYS / NANCY DREW

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

THE HARDY BOYS / NANCY DREW MYSTERIES
Created in the 1920s, these popular mystery solving teens were updated for the 1977-79 ABC series starring Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson as brothers Joe and Frank Hardy and Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy Drew. (In the third and final season, Drew was played by Janet Louise Johnson.)

The haunting theme is credited to both producer Glen A. Larson and composer Stu Phillips. Over the years, the duo have also worked their magic on such classic series as Quincy M.E., Battlestar Galactica and Knight Rider.

As a television and film music composer, Phillips has also scored episodes of The Monkees, The Six Million Dollar Man, McCloud, The Fall Guy, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Automan. In the 1950s and '60s, Phillips conducted the Capitol Records studio orchestra Hollyridge Strings, creating easy listening versions of songs from the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Now semi-retired, Phillips has been orchestrating classical music by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew theme courtesy PamelaSueMartin.net
Official Stu Phillips site
Pamela Sue Martin :: Nancy Drew
The Unofficial Nancy Drew Home Page
The Hardy Boys Unofficial Home Page
Nancy Drew Sleuth Unofficial Website
The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Archive
Episode Guide at TV.com





More themes:
Mystery TV Themes: THE EQUALIZER
Mystery TV Themes: PETER GUNN
Mystery TV Themes: STARSKY & HUTCH
Mystery TV Themes: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
Mystery TV Themes: BONES

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