Five For Friday: Instrumental TV Themes

Here are six (you get a bonus today) instrumental TV themes that became charted hits, from the ’50’s and ’60’s.

  1. Ray Anthony, "Dragnet": Released in 1953, it reached #3 on the Hot 100 and sold 500,000 records.

  2. Ray Anthony, "Peter Gunn": Written by Henry Mancini, it reached #8 on the Hot 100 in 1959.

  3. The Ventures, "Hawaii Five-O": While it wasn’t used on the actual show, their cover reached #4 on the Hot 100 in 1968.

  4. Billy Vaughn, "A Swingin’ Safari": Written by Bert Kaempfert, this was used as the theme for the NBC version of The Match Game.

  5. Henry Mancini, "Mr. Lucky": Written by Henry Mancini for the 1959 TV series. The theme reached #21.

And that’s Five For Friday, July 16, 2021.

16 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Instrumental TV Themes

  1. John,

    Nice TV theme instrumentals! The last two in the set are new-to-me. Hawaii 5-O is one of the best television theme songs of all times in my opinion! I’ll see you on the Monday’s Music Moves Me dance floor, my friend. Have a songsational weekend!


  2. Hi John – musical themes for tv programmes and films are often just wonderful to hear … the only one I know is Hawaii-Five0 … but I’ll always enjoy these … cheers Hilary


  3. I like the Peter Gunn a lot but I have never once watched it. I want to though.


  4. One of my favorite instrumental TV show themes of that era was the theme from Route 66 by Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra.


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