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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by bassfart, May 4, 2010.
Does anyone know who the bass player was that played the theme to the Barney miller show.
The distinctive opening notes of the theme song’s bass line, performed by studio musician Jim Hughart, are played over a shot of the New York skyline (with a garbage barge being towed in the foreground, from Season Two on) followed by shots of the characters. Several slightly different versions of the theme song featuring minor variations in the song’s composition and performance were used during different seasons. The closing credits featured a different shot of the skyline.
The opening theme music was composed by Jack Elliot and Allyn Ferguson.
Not Mr Jim Hughart (great player), but rather a contemporary of his in the studio scene of the era, Chuck Berghofer.
I have it in my ipod. I found it on itunes. It may have been re-recorded. there were tones of TV theme songs there to download. I think BM was the first or second bassline I learned to play back in the day.
That theme and "Sanford & Son" were two pretty good bass lines from tv in the '70s!
Our high school jazz band played the Barney Miller theme song one year(1979?), and used it as the audition piece. There were some good theme songs to play in the 70s. Our marching band played 5 or 6 each year along with every fight song there was. The themes were real crowd pleasers during game breaks and halftime shows.