Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

September 22, 2020

NBC “Decision ’76” Theme (Henry Mancini)

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 12:44 am

Speaking of Henry Mancini (see yesterday’s GUNN post), NBC hired the Maestro to compose a theme for the network’s coverage of the 1976 presidential election (Gerald Ford vs Jimmy Carter, with Gene McCarthy running as an independent), which shows the great taste that someone in NBC’s news division had. 1976 was the Bicentennial year, and this piece of music could easily have been used as a key motif or a title theme had Mancini been commissioned to do a soundtrack for a feature film biography of Benjamin Franklin in that period.

According to Mancini discographers, it’s never been released on any HM album. Enjoy….

And for an encore, how about another Mancini commission by NBC….the unforgettable NBC MYSTERY MOVIE THEME, which was not only issued on an album but also covered by Percy Faith for one of his albums! The NBC Mystery Movie had a number of series in rotation, including Columbo (Peter Falk), Banacek (George Peppard), Hec Ramsey (Richard Boone), McCloud (Dennis Weaver), and McMillan and Wife (Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James), and this theme will be remembered by anyone who lived through that era. It has never been used on any of the re-plays of the individual shows, to my knowledge….

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