Sunday, January 07, 2007

Henry Mancini: Baretta's Theme (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow) [1976]

Produced by Joe Reisman
Engineer: Mickey Crofford
Recorded July 26, 1976 at RCA Studios, Hollywood

The theme from Baretta (1975-1978, starring Robert Blake, ABC Wednesday nights), was written by Dave Grusin and Morgan Ames. This is Henry's arrangement of it, from the album The Cop Show Themes (1976). I actually do not own The Cop Show Themes; instead, I have this song on the "Maxell Jazz Sampler" (1979), a fascinating LP put out by the Maxell corporation to highlight the superior quality of their recording tape.

The original T.V. version of "Baretta's Theme" was sung by none other than Sammy Davis, Jr. (actually it's a bit of a long story). Apparently there were also successful cover versions by Merry Clayton and Rhythm Heritage, both of which I am eager to hear in the near future.

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