1975 Mike Post – Theme From The Rockford Files
Mike Post found work as a studio musician while still in High School and began working in the music field full time after graduation. In 1965, he played guitar on I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher.
In 1967, Mike produced the initial album by the First Edition, which included the psychedelic hit Just Dropped In. A year later he produced the first Mason Williams album, including the song Classical Gas. His arrangement for Classical Gas was nominated for two Grammy Awards, and Mike won the 1968 Grammy Award for The Best Instrumental Arrangement. At the age of only 24, he became the music director for the Andy Williams television show.
He released an album as The Mike Post Coalition in 1969, but it vanished without a trace.
Pete Carpenter was a trombone player who had worked with Earle Hagen to compose music for Bewitched, Gomer Pyle, USMC, and The Andy Griffith Show in the early to mid-seventies. Mike and Pete began working together to pitch music for television shows. Their first credit came from the detective show Toma in 1974. While that show did not last, when producer Stephen J. Cannell began work on another detective show, he again used the pair for the music.
The second show was The Rockford Files, which ran for five years. Mike recorded and released the theme song from the show. It reached the top ten on the Hot 100 in 1975, was nominated for three Grammy Awards, and again won Mike the Grammy Award for The Best Instrumental Arrangement that year.
Mike and Pete went on to score music for several dozen successful television shows before Pete’s death in 1987. Mike continued work on music for television shows and was again nominated for a Grammy in 1994 for his work on NYPD Blue. In total, they nominated Mike for ten Grammy awards and he won five of them, including the awards for the theme music for Hill Street Blues and LA Law.
To honor his late writing partner, Mike started The Pete Carpenter Fellowship, a residency program for composers of television, film, and video game composers.
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