Together with The Film Music Society and La-La Land Records, I have launched a new series of albums of classic TV music we are calling The Quinn Martin Collection. Martin was one of TV’s top producers in the 1960s and ’70s, and he enjoyed considerable success in the law-and-order arena. Volume 1 is subtitled “Cop and Detective Series” and features the pilot scores for Barnaby Jones (1973-80, by Jerry Goldsmith), Most Wanted (1976-77, by Lalo Schifrin), Dan August (1970-71, Dave Grusin) and Cannon (1971-76, John Parker). Rounding out the two-disc set are additional scores by Bruce Broughton, Grusin and Parker (for Barnaby Jones, Dan August and Cannon, respectively) and themes from other ’70s QM series including The Manhunter (Duane Tatro), Caribe (Nelson Riddle), Bert D’Angelo / Superstar (Patrick Williams) and Tales of the Unexpected (David Shire). In the colorfully illustrated 16-page booklet, I discuss all of the series and the circumstances of these top composers working in series television.
Saturday was tremendous fun for me. I did the first interview for a new documentary planned about the music of the 1960s Batman TV series. Cleverly titled The Beat of the Bat, it’s the brainchild of longtime Batman fan Pat Evans and will probably be in production for the next few months. We discussed the origins of Neal Hefti’s classic Batman theme, the memorable villain motifs that Nelson Riddle created, the “Batgirl” theme that Billy May wrote for the third season, and much more. Here’s the website where you can monitor the project’s progress.