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 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Charlie Chan   (Member)

Hi Folks

I have been revisiting this classic show - that still stands up very well!

A couple of questions regarding the music.

Firstly, it seems a bit odd to me that as John Cacavas composed the score for the series that Billy Goldenberg's Theme was used. Not complaining on that one. Love Goldenberg's theme. Just curious as to why it was chosen over Cacavas. Yes I do know that this was replaced by a Cacavas' theme later in the run.

Secondly, in the 2nd season episode from 1974, Cross Your Heart And Hope To Die, there is music coming from a record player that sounds like the theme from Airport '75. So was the theme from Airport 75, composed for the movie, Kojak or something earlier?

Stay Well

Regards

CC

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   jmarc   (Member)

With regards to the show itself, I watched it my mom as a child in the late 70’s. Wasn’t until I was in college that I really sat down and watched the show and understood what was happening. I bought it a few years ago on DVD. It’s easily one of my top 3 cop shows ever. I just love it! I’m sure it’s not but it feels very authentic to me.

The music scores are very appropriate to the stories. Seems like there’s a lot of variety.

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 9:45 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Goldenberg was originally hired for the show and scored at least one or two early episodes before Cacavas took over. His theme was already established (frankly I preferred the original Season 1 arrangement of the theme to the second arrangement of it that took over part-way in Season 2 through 4).

 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2020 - 3:25 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Goldenberg's scores for the original TV movie and two early episodes would be a great soundtrack album. So much wonderful music by him is unreleased!
Also Kim Richmond did a great score for the series before Cacavas took over with high quality scoring for the remainder of the series.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2020 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   Charlie Chan   (Member)

Goldenberg was originally hired for the show and scored at least one or two early episodes before Cacavas took over. His theme was already established (frankly I preferred the original Season 1 arrangement of the theme to the second arrangement of it that took over part-way in Season 2 through 4).

Thanks I would agree with that. Could never understand why MCA never put a single out at the time. Or for that matter an original compilation album of Universal's TV Themes - there were so many classics from that era.
Jack Parnell's recording on the second lp of tvtimes tv themes was very good - But no substitute for the original recording. Also recommended are Johnny Gregory's recording on the brilliant Detectives album and the funky trumpet of Ray Davies on Flashpoint.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2020 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   Charlie Chan   (Member)

With regards to the show itself, I watched it my mom as a child in the late 70’s. Wasn’t until I was in college that I really sat down and watched the show and understood what was happening. I bought it a few years ago on DVD. It’s easily one of my top 3 cop shows ever. I just love it! I’m sure it’s not but it feels very authentic to me.

The music scores are very appropriate to the stories. Seems like there’s a lot of variety.


Apparently this was the NYPD's favourite cop show at the time because of its authenticity.

Comparing this to Law and Order - the NYPD offices seem to have improved dramatically.

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2020 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Secondly, in the 2nd season episode from 1974, Cross Your Heart And Hope To Die, there is music coming from a record player that sounds like the theme from Airport '75. So was the theme from Airport 75, composed for the movie, Kojak or something earlier?

I remember the episode "Tears for All Who Loved Her" which had an Airport-esque score by Cacavas. Great stuff.

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2020 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Filmscoremonty   (Member)



Secondly, in the 2nd season episode from 1974, Cross Your Heart And Hope To Die, there is music coming from a record player that sounds like the theme from Airport '75. So was the theme from Airport 75, composed for the movie, Kojak or something earlier?


It is definitely the theme from AIRPORT 1975 playing on the stereo in that scene. The episode aired 1 December 1974, while Airport 1975 was released 18 October 1974.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Charlie Chan   (Member)

Thanks Filmscoremonty.

The Theme from Airport '75 is a big Cacavas favourite of mine.
I believe it might have been used in other episodes of Kojak - which I will listen out for as I revisit the series.

Stay well

CC

 
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