Fat Albert

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jimbo, Oct 8, 2001.

  1. Jimbo


    Dec 4, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA
    has anybody heard the theme to fat albert? what a cool bassline that is! i wish i could figure out how to play it, but my ears are bad. anyway, i thought i would just mention it and see if anyone else agrees that's it's a damn good song.

  2. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Hey hey hey,
    It's Faaa--aaaat Albert,

    And I'm going to sing a song for you-oooo,
    and Bill's going to sing one for you too-ooooo.

    Havin' fun, with me and all the gang,
    Learnin' from each other, while we do our thang.

    Na na na, gonna have a good time,
    Hey hey hey
    Na na na, gonna have a good time,
    Hey hey hey
  3. It ought a be good! It was written by Quincy Jones!
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Check out "The Fat Albert Rotunda" from Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi: The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings (ya can pick it up cheap from ColumbiaHouse!).

    Yet another Quincy Jones TV tune worth checking out is "The Theme To Sanford & Son"(Chuck Rainey on bass).
  5. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    That theme song kicks as$.
  6. nikofthehill


    Jul 30, 2001
    san jose, CA
    dont get mad at me. please?
    who is fat albert? never heard of him.
  7. JOhnk


    Mar 31, 2001
    burlington, vt
    'twas one of the many brainchilds of bill cosby. A cartoon show about an obese boy and his inner-city friends. Apparently it was educational, and kids learned about common kindness, and how to be nice to ******** people.

    It was before my time, but I've seen some of the episodes and such. I hear they're making a live-action movie based on it.

    speaking of which, I've got an old album of semi-popular bands covering old cartoon shows' theme songs. I forget exactly which band did Fat Albert's, but I recall Sublime played the theme from Hong Kong Phooey.
  8. Iba don'tba knowba whatba thisba threadba isba allba aboutba:D
    Guess that'll date my old self lol
  9. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I played in a cover band for a few years that had a really good sax player. We played the theme from Sanford and Son almost every show. People LOVED it. It isn't really that hard to play, but it a great piece of music and always a crowd pleaser.
  10. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    We played that in the jazz band at Texas Tech when I was there! It was a blast to play.
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...Rainey's just so damn tasteful with those double-stops.
    "Sanford & Son" is on Q's You've Got It Bad, Girl"...?
  12. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Who played on Barney Miller?
  13. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Saturday Morning Rock?

    With Underdog by Butthole Surfers, Scooby Do by Matthew Sweet? Ect? Man I think we have the same one...
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999

    From "Television Themes" in the Recordings Forum-

    Dave Siff nailed it...Jim Hughart played the part to "Barney Miller".
  15. Quincy Jones?

    If the album says that Herbie Hancock produced and wrote all tracks, where does that leave Quincy?

    And who is this Buster Williams who gets credit with playing that bassline?
  16. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    You can now buy Herbie Hancock's 'Fat Albert Rotunda' seperately, as it has recently been reissued at mid-price by Warner Bros.
  17. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Cool! :D I think I like that bassline even more than Sanford and Son.
  18. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    For what it's worth--The theme to Sanford and Son is called "The Streetsweeper." I have it on a Quincy Jones Greatest Hits album.

    I have the "Theme songs from the 70's and 80's" on cd. There were quite a few cool basslines in those days.
  19. I love the "Sanford & Son" theme!!

    If I remember correctly the theme to "What's Happen" (sp?) had a pretty cool bass line too.

    TV shows from the 70's had great music. Funny music too. I laugh every time I hear the "Sanford & Son" theme.
  20. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Well, I checked my copy of You've Got It Bad, Girl by Quincy Jones. The composer's credit for "The Theme To Sanford & Son(The Streetbeater)" sez Quincy Jones.
    Granted, Q's strength(at this time)is that of arranger/producer(rounding up the stellar cast of studio players).

    Buster Williams is a *great* bassist that plays both URB & electric(Fender Jazz)...he has a few 'solo' discs out there(Pinnacle is available & has a nasty 2-bar groove: Bar 1 is in 9/8, bar 2 is in 4/4).
    Williams is on "Fat Albert Rotunda" & Herbie's Sextant album(a very happenin' recording, IMO).
    Among many, many other things...Williams also played in Sphere, a Thelonious Monk 'tribute' band(Sphere is Monk's middle name).
    Do a search for Buster Williams @www.allmusic.com
    (I'm assuming he's 'there'). ;)

    Hey, Dave-
    I forgot about that single Herbie offering you mentioned!