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"Crockett's Theme"
Single by Jan Hammer
Released 1987 (1987)
Format 7", 12"
Writer(s) Jan Hammer
Producer Jan Hammer

"Crockett's Theme" is an instrumental song written for the hit NBC series Miami Vice. 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. Composed by Jan Hammer, this song is an example of the instrumental New Wave hits popular during the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s.

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Chart performance

Although not a big success in the US, the song was a smash hit in the UK, reaching #2 in the singles chart there. 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
position
Austria 29
Germany 4
Netherlands 1[1]
Switzerland 9
United Kingdom 2

Cover versions

It spawned many covers, such as ones by the Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom, FPU, Manual and Trance Atlantic Air Waves. The opening of the studio version of the Flight of the Conchords song Inner City Pressure parodies Crockett's Theme. The Shadows recorded guitar version Crockett's Theme.

Other uses

Between 1991 and 1994 it featured in a series of adverts for National Westminster Bank in the United Kingdom.

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 video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, on the fictional radio station, Emotion 98.3.

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