Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...
HAWAII FIVE-O (1968-1980, CBS)
One of the longest-running crime dramas in TV history, Hawaii Five-O followed members of an elite state-police unit investigating an assortment of felonies in the 50th state, where it was shot on location. Created by Leonard Freeman, the series starred Jack Lord, James MacArthur, and Kam Fong. Sidenote: Magnum P.I., also based in Hawaii, is said to have been created to make use of the extensive studio production equipment left behind by Hawaii Five-O. (Early episodes even referred to Five-O.)
Morton Stevens (1929-1991) created the popular theme, for which he won two Emmy Awards (1970 and 1974). A film score composer from Newark, New Jersey, Stevens studied composition at the Juilliard School, and became the arranger and later the musical director for such stars as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Liza Minnelli. In 1965 Stevens became director of music for CBS West Coast operations. His television work also included Gunsmoke and Police Woman.
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Morton Stevens Television Composer, 62 (New York Times)
Hawaii Five-O links:
The Hawaii Five-O Fan Club
The Hawaii Five-O Home Page
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