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This is the most recent instrumental song to reach #1 in the US. It is also the first and (so far) only original version of an instrumental theme for television to top the Billboard Hot 100.
This won 1985 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Composition for Jan Hammer.
The Miami Vice soundtrack topped 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. Also on the soundtrack was Glenn Frey's #2 American hit "You Belong To The City
Readers of TV Guide
voted this the most popular TV theme song of the past 50 years, earning 35% of all votes cast. The theme from The Andy Griffith Show
came second, with 13% of the votes.
The "Miami Vice theme'" was originally something Jan Hammer had been experimenting with on a sequencer, trying to get something rhythmic and driving. He played it for Miami Vice producer Michael Mann and as a result got the commission for providing the music for the series.
When he worked on the 2006 Miami Vice movie, Michael Mann decided he wanted nothing to do with the original TV series and hence did not use this song.
Jan Hammer is a Czech born Jazz-Rock keyboardist. From 1971-73 he was a member of the original Mahavishnu Orchestra, at the time the most successful group ever to record and tour in the Jazz-Rock fusion genré, selling over 2 million records worldwide. He also played with Billy Cobham and Stanley Clarke.
Hammer has composed and produced around 15 original motion picture soundtracks, and the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice. In the UK in 1987, Crockett's Theme from the Miami Vice series peaked at #2 in the charts. In the early 1990s it was used as the theme music for a National Westminster Bank advertising campaign. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
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