Well, I wasn’t really around when this show aired but I must admit it has got a jammin’ theme song.
Barney Miller was a comedy series about NYPD captain Barney Miller and his attempt to keep sane while leading the 12th precinct detectives. It starred Hal Linden as Barney Miller, Ron Glass, Jack Soo, and the only one I know, hilarious Abe Vigoda.
The theme is this groovy jam featuring a bass playing melodic lines, drums, a solo guitar, and a trumpet. The main focus of the theme song is actually the smooth bass lines. Wikipedia claims that the bass was performed by a certain Jim Hughart and that the song was composed by Jack Elliot and Allyn Ferguson—the duo also responsible for the Charlie’s Angels theme.
The show originally aired on ABC.
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