Song of the Day: Neal Hefti, “‘Batman’ Theme”

Trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Neal Hefti was born on this day in 1922. Hefti began as a terenager and wrote arrangements of "Woodchopper’s Ball" and "Blowin’ Up A Storm" for Woody Herman, for whom he played trumpet. He left Herman in 1946 to concentrate on songwriting, and began an association with Count Basie in 1950. He wrote the music for the TV shows The Odd Couple and Batman This is Hefti’s recording of the song, not the more famous one by The Marketts.

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Neal Hefti, “‘Batman’ Theme”

  1. I was a “Batman” fanatic when the show was on the air. I had this song on 45 as well as other “Batman” songs that came out at the time. This was a great TV theme song.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. This is just a blues in G. All that seems original is the lead riff and the fitting of the word “Batman”. Don’t know much about Hefti’s work, but this was an easy meal. Sure, I remember the program.


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