Walter Murphy was an orchestral leader who studied both classical and jazz music piano at the Manhattan School of Music. At one time he was the arranger for Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show
orchestra. Murphy played nearly every instrument on this song but was forced to credit it to an imaginary ensemble. It landed at #1 in the US on October 9, 1976 (ousted the following week by "Disco Duck
Murphy never had another Top 40 hit on the Hot 100. The closest he got was this song's follow-up, "Flight 76," based on Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," which peaked at #44, and 1982's medley of "Themes From E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)," which reached #47. Murphy switched to writing jingles and music for TV shows and in 2002 his song "You've Got A Lot To See," written for an episode of the cartoon Family Guy
, won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.