Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mystery TV Themes: THE MOD SQUAD

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

THE MOD SQUAD
This police drama (ABC, 1968-73), produced by Aaron Spelling, centered on three troubled young adults recruited to be undercover cops. Series creator Bud Ruskin based the show on his experiences in the 1950s on the LAPD. The series starred Tige Andrews (Captain Greer), Michael Cole (Pete Cochran), Peggy Lipton (Julie Barnes), and Clarence Williams III (Linc Hayes).

The pounding theme was created by composer Earl H. Hagen, whose illustrious career includes playing trombone with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Ray Noble. His television credits, which span the 1940s to the 1980s, include Mike Hammer, Planet of the Apes, and I Spy, as well as sitcoms That Girl, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. In 2002 he published the autobiography Memoirs of a Famous Composer... Nobody Ever Heard Of (Xlibris), his third book.

Buy The Mod Squad on DVD

The Mod Squad links:
TVGuide.com
TV.com
DVD News on TVShowsOnDVD.com
Wikipedia

Earl H. Hagen links:
Hagen Autobiography Shows Why He Knows The Score (BMI)
Space Age Pop Music

OPENING CREDITS


TELEVISION SPOT


The Mod Squad: A TV Classic Remembered


More themes:
MONK
NBC MYSTERY MOVIE
PERRY MASON
PETER GUNN
ROCKFORD FILES

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