Two for Tuesday: Lalo Schifrin

Boris Claudio “Lalo” Schifrin is a pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He’s written the score for close to 200 movies (most notably the Dirty Harry films) and the theme music for a dozen TV shows, including The Man From U. N. C. L. E., Starsky & Hutch, The Big Valley, and T. H. E. Cat. He has received four Grammy Awards (out of twenty-one nominations), one Cable ACE Award, six Academy Award nominations, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mary says that a great TV show needs a great theme, and Lalo has written a few. Today, I want to feature two of my favorite TV themes, both written by Lalo, both great tunes in their own right. The first is the “Theme from Mission: Impossible,” which ran from 1966 to 1973 and starred Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Greg Morris, and Barbara Bain.

The second tune is the “Theme from Mannix,” which ran from 1967 to 1975 and starred Mike Connors and the beautiful Gail Fisher.

Lalo’s website is here.

Lalo Schifrin, your Two for Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

3 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: Lalo Schifrin

  1. The mission impossible theme is such a classic. It’s incredible when someone writes something that because such an integral part of our culture. Like the James Bond theme.


    1. I don’t know if it’s a great show that makes a theme song great, or if it’s the other way around, but they seem to go hand-in-hand. You can’t separate the music from the show. I remember there was a commercial that used the theme from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and it just felt all wrong: that music did not belong with that commercial. They pulled it after a few weeks, probably because they were getting complaints.

      I use The “James Bond” Theme as my ringtone, by the way.


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