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Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme (Miami Vice)

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Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme (Miami Vice)

NEW YORK (RichTVX.com) — The 80s were a time of change. Technology, music culture, and world events all came together to form one of the most innovative recent decades. This is the legendary track “Crockett’s Theme” from Chris and Luke Skywalker´s childhood. After the excesses of the 1970s, synth pop needed to explore new musical territory. Much the way people in the increasingly affluent 1980s were traveling more widely than ever before, synth pop music began to do the same. Crockett’s Theme (Miami Vice) was composed by Jan Hammer who composed and produced 14 original motion picture soundtracks, the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice and 20 episodes of the television series Chancer. Jan Hammer ´s “Crockett’s Theme” is included on the soundtrack album Miami Vice II, the second volume of music from the television show. It also appears on Jan Hammer’s 1987 album “Escape from Television”. The surname Crockett refers to Don Johnson’s character, James “Sonny” Crockett. The initial version of the theme was featured in the episode “Calderone’s Return: Part 1 – The Hit List”(1984).

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Crockett’s Theme

“Crockett’s Theme” is an instrumental song written for the hit NBC series Miami Vice. The surname Crockett refers to Don Johnson’s character, James “Sonny” Crockett. The initial version of the theme first appeared in the episode “Calderone’s Return: Part 1 – The Hit List”, which aired on October 19, 1984. The song was composed by Jan Hammer and appears on the album Miami Vice II, the second volume of music from the television show. It also appeared on Jan Hammer’s 1987 album Escape from Television.

Miami Vice Theme

“Miami Vice Theme” is a musical piece composed and performed by Jan Hammer as the theme to the television series Miami Vice. It was first presented as part of the television broadcast of the show in September 1984, was released as a single in 1985, and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the last instrumental to top the Hot 100 until 2013, when “Harlem Shake” by Baauer reached number one. “Miami Vice Theme” also peaked at number five in the UK and number four in Canada. In 1986, it won Grammy Awards for “Best Instrumental Composition” and “Best Pop Instrumental Performance.” This song, along with Glenn Frey’s number two hit “You Belong to the City”, put the Miami Vice soundtrack on the top of the US album chart for 11 weeks in 1985, making it the most successful TV soundtrack of all time until 2006, when Disney Channel’s High School Musical beat its record.

Jan Hammer

Jan Hammer (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈɦamɛr]) (born 17 April 1948) is a Czech-American musician, composer and record producer. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s, as well as his film scores for television and film including “Miami Vice Theme” and “Crockett’s Theme”, from the 1980s television program Miami Vice. He has continued to work as both a musical performer and producer. Hammer has collaborated with some of the era’s most influential jazz and rock musicians such as John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Billy Cobham, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Tommy Bolin, Neal Schon, Steve Lukather and Elvin Jones. He has composed and produced at least 14 original motion picture soundtracks, the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice and 20 episodes of the television series Chancer. His compositions have won him several Grammy Awards.

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