Hill Street Blues Opening Credits

The beginning of the Hill Street Blue opening credits always reminded me of Adam-12 intro. You get the VO of the police dispatcher listing occuring crimes, but instead of the driving forceful music that you expect from a police show (and what you got from the Adam-12 intro), you get his mellow tune that completely messes with my expectations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKVSVjbGcFM

The theme tune was written by Mike Post and features Larry Carlton on guitar. The song was popular enough that it reached #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 music chart. Post is a prolific tv tunesmith composing well know music for shows like as Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, LA Law, Quantum Leap and site favorite Magnum, P.I.

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2 thoughts on “Hill Street Blues Opening Credits

  1. plcary says:

    I loved Hill Street Blues. At the time it was a ground breaking cop show. Gritty and realistic with great characters living imperfect lives. I can remember the theme song playing on the radio when it charted and it was on one of the K-Tel compilations I owned. Good stuff… and let’s be careful out there!

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