Monday, March 14, 2011


This week, I thought we'd take a look at some of the hit TV shows that spawned music careers and vice versa. I think that's fairly self explanatory, so let's get right to it.


1. James Darren had several hits in the 1960's."Goodbye Cruel World" in 1961 and "Her Royal Majesty" in '62 were both Top 10 hits. Darren also starred in several movies, including "Gidget", "Gidget Goes Hawaiian", "The Guns of Navarone" and "Because They're Young" with Dick Clark - but what was the name of James Darren's sci-fi TV series that aired on ABC TV for one season from September 1966 until April of 1967?

2. This actor/singer played a police detective on a hit TV series that aired in the 1970's. He's a British citizen now, but was born and raised in the U.S. In 1977, he landed at # 1 on the singles chart. Who's the 'soulful'actor/singer and what was the name of his # 1 hit?

3. Over the years, several TV cop and private detective show themes have made it big on the record charts. "Peter Gunn" went top ten for Ray Anthony in 1959; composer/producer Mike Post took two of his themes, "The Rockford Files" (1975) and "The Theme From Hill Street Blues" (1981) into the TOp 10; In 1969, The Ventures recorded the theme from the hit TV series "Hawaii Five-O" and made it all the way to # 4. There were others, but for this particular question, what was the name of the group and the hit TV show that the theme came from, that went all the way to # 1 in 1975?

4. "The Partridge Family" was a hit TV series that also had hit records. David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce and Shirley Jones were the main actors on the series. David sang lead on their hits, including 1970's number one, "I Think I Love You". "The Partridge Family" TV show was inspired by a 'real life' hit making family - who was it?

5. "The Golden Girls", starring Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty, aired from September 1985 until May of 1992. The theme song the show used had already been a Top 30 hit in 1978 for a singer who had formerly been in Linda Ronstadts' band. Can you name the singer AND the song? HINT: He had a Top 10 hit in 1977.


1. The TV series that James Darren starred in, that ran for one season in '66 and '67 was "The Time Tunnel". Darren played Dr. Anthony Newman, a scientist, who along with his partner, played by Robert Colbert, flipped back and forth in time as they tried, in vain, to return to their original era. "The Time Tunnel" theme was written by John "Star Wars" Williams. Incidentally, James Darren's son by his first wife, Gloria, is reporter Jim Moret, formerly with CNN and Inside Edition.

2. David Soul is the guy we're looking for. His hit TV series, "Starsky & Hutch" aired from 1975 until 1979. In April of 1977, Soul's hit "Don't Give Up On Us Baby" was # 1 on Billboards' Hot 100 chart. David moved to England in the mid 1990's and became a British citizen in 2004.

3. In 1975, producers Steve Barri and Michael Omartian took a group of LA studio musicians into the recording studio and came out with a # 1 hit. They called the session players, Rhythm Heritage and that # 1 hit was "Theme From S.W.A.T."

4. That would be The Cowsills - Bill, Bob, Paul, Barry, John, Susan and mom Barbara, who had hits from 1967 until 1969, including "The Rain, The Park & Other Things" (1967), "Indian Lake" (1968) and "Hair" (1969) all of which made the Top 10 chart.

5. Andrew Gold had been a member of Linda Ronstadts' band and had done session work and arranging for Linda as well. His biggest hit in 1977 was "Lonely Boy", which made it to # 7 on Billboard's Top 100 singles chart. The following year, Andrew had another hit "Thank You For Being A Friend" (#25) and that song was later adapted as the theme for "The Golden Girls".

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