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I lost last time we played this game...


over this one..
 

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ALF... I think I remember it being Vinnie Colaiuta but dont quote me on that.

First season... FAST

Later seasons...slow!
 

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The Funk version of this show was best


Why am I thinking Bernard Purdie is playing the drums there?
Probably not - why? (And this just a whole lot of fitting the pieces together - meaning guessing on my part...) :cool:

OK - I believe Starsky and Hutch had 3 or 4 different themes - year one was by Mark Snow (very action cop show vibe) - year two was a whole shift in tome to this happy funk thing, which was written and performed by saxophonist Tom Scott.

Making this about 1976.

If it had been a year or two earlier - I would have guessed John Guerin (The two did LA Express together, the Joni Michell stuff)

But '76 was the year of the somewhat popular "Tom Scott - New York Connection" album - where LA mainstay Scott basically abandoned the LA Express thing to make a solo record with all of the new hip guys in New York. It featured the whole CTI Records crew - Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Gary King, Ralph McDonald and of course, Steve Gadd.

Which would be my guess, for sure. The timeline and circumstances make a lot of sense - and then when you listen to that "verse groove" with the anticipated "2" on the snare with the little 32nd note flurries before it - it really really sounds like Gadd. Specifically check out the section around :56.... Gadd, right?

And sure many folks might play that sort of thing now - but in '76? On a big TV theme written by the the guy you just made an album with??? Again just a big calculated guess - but it is probably Gadd.
 

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We had a big thread on all of this a few years ago - and there was a great YouTube channel that had tons of great info on it - it is long gone sad to say - so here's a cut and paste of a post I made back then... (It actually lists Rick Marrota as drums on Starsky with Gadd on perc - which I don't buy - but interesting anyway)

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In poking around google about this topic I stumbled on a handful of videos - just go to YouTube and search for "who played that theme" - which produced complete personnel listing for this giant list of themes. Many of the drummer credits were no surprise - but others were definitely more so.

Lost in Space - John Williams, composer; Shelly Manne, drums; Emil Richards and Larry Bunker, perc

Starsky and Hutch - Tom Scott, composer; Rick Marotta, drums; Steve Gadd and Ralph McDonald, perc.

Mary Tyler Moore - Pat Williams, composer; John Guerin, drums; again Emil and Larry, perc

Magnum P.I. - Mike Post, composer; Mike Baird, drums; Jeff Gerson, perc

CHiPs - John Parker, composer; Steve Schaeffer, drums

Gilligan's Island - Shelly Manne, drums

The Odd Couple - and there it is - Earl Palmer, drums

Ironside - Quincey Jones, composer; Earl Palmet, drums

The Flintstones - Alvin Stoller, drums

Quincy, M.E - Steve Schaeffer, drums

The Rockford Files - Mike Baird, drums (as expected)

The Jeffersons - Ed Greene, drums

Sanford and Sons - Quincey, composer; James Gadson, drums

Fame - Yogi Horton, drums

Three's Company - Hal Blaine, drums

Welcome Back Kotter - Jeff Porcaro, drums

The Golden Girls - Jeff again on drums

Brady Bunch - Earl Palmer

Mork and Mindy - Harvey Mason, drums

I Dream of Jeannie - Earl Palmer, drums

Wild Wild West - brush solos - Joe Porcaro!!

Barney Miller - John Guerin

Top Cat (cartoon) - Alvin Stoller

Knot's Landing - J.R. Robinson (though I did play on the pilot - :) though not on the theme - :-( )

Mission Impossible - again, Earl Palmer; Ken Watson and Emil Richards, perc. and Adolfo (Chino) Valdes on bongos

And that's a credit that rarely ever shows up correctly - which really makes me think that whoever has put these together is working from some pretty accurate source information.

Anyway - this person has upwards of 150 of these posted - so that's it for me, I'm going to peruse the rest later. What a treasure trove of info though.>>>>>>
 

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This came into my YT feed. I really dig library music, and there is a lot here, and it's good.

 

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they had about one minute to tell a story and plant a melody that would have you singing along. that is no mean feat.
 

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somewhere in my collection of 45s is the SWAT them

This is one of my modern day (ok not so modern) faves...might not have real drum though....I think

 


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