Crockett's Theme

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"Crockett's Theme"
Single by Jan Hammer
from the album Miami Vice II Soundtrack
Released September 14, 1987 (1987-09-14)
Recorded 1984
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Jan Hammer
Producer(s) Jan Hammer

"Crockett's Theme" is an instrumental song written for the hit NBC series Miami Vice. The surname Crockett refers to Don Johnson's character, James "Sonny" Crockett. The initial version of the theme first appeared in the episode Calderone's Return: Part 1 – The Hit List which aired on October 19, 1984. The song was composed by Jan Hammer.

Chart performance[edit]

Although not a big success in America, the song was a smash hit in the UK, reaching #2 in the singles chart there. It was a #1 in the Netherlands for 4 weeks. It was not originally called "Crockett's Theme", but its success led Jan Hammer to feature the original version on his 1987 album Escape from Television.

Country Peak
Austria 29
Germany 4
Ireland 2
Netherlands 1[1]
Switzerland 9
United Kingdom 2

Cover versions[edit]

It spawned many covers; the notable covers include Trance Atlantic Air Waves in 1998, released as a single.[2]

Other uses[edit]

Between 1991 and 1994, the song was featured in a series of adverts for National Westminster Bank in the United Kingdom, and was subsequently re-released as a single in May 1991 in the UK as a double A-side with Hammer's theme tune for Chancer. This time it reached #47 in the UK Singles Chart.

NBC Sports used "Crockett's Theme" during its prologue (narrated by Bob Costas) for Game 5 of their 1991 NBA Finals coverage between the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, and it's still one of the tones played in the Staples Center during Lakers games.

The instrumental song was also featured on the 1987 Amiga game Mike the Magic Dragon, and later in 2002 on the hit PlayStation 2 Game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, on the fictional radio station, Emotion 98.3.

It was also included in the compilation album Pure Moods.

Hammer was asked to remake the track in 2006 with R&B singer TQ.

The song was used in Season 3, Episode 3, for the HBO TV series Eastbound And Down.

A remix version of the song was used as an intro track for Deftones 2013 spring tour.

In 2015, the song was used in a UK advert for 'Mars' bars. In the advert, a man in a park shows off his dog's skill of playing the tune on panpipes.


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