Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)

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"Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)"
Streetbeater LP.jpg
1973 7" vinyl single (US)
Song by Quincy Jones
from the album 'You've Got It Bad, Girl'
GenreElectric blues, funk
0:51 (Theme version)
Composer(s)Quincy Jones
Producer(s)Quincy Jones

"Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)" is the theme to the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son. It was composed by Quincy Jones.


"The Streetbeater" was first released by A&M Records on Jones' 1973 album You've Got It Bad Girl and as a single from that album.[1][2] It is also featured on his Greatest Hits album.

Although the piece itself only reached #294 and did not reach Billboard status for that year, it has maintained mainstream popularity, ranking 9th in a Rolling Stone Reader Poll of Television Themes Songs [3]

Other recordings[edit]

Harry James recorded a version in 1979 on his album Still Harry After All These Years (Sheffield Lab LAB 11).


  1. ^ "Sanford & Son Theme (The Streetbeater) by Quincy Jones : Reviews and Ratings". Rate Your Music. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  2. ^ "Manhattan by Quincy Jones @ARTISTdirect". Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  3. ^ "Readers Poll: The Best Television Theme Songs Pictures - 9. Sanford and Son - 'The Streetbeater'". Rolling Stone. 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-24.