Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
"As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck..."
From the TV series, "Mission Impossible."
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Being the nostalgic gent that I am, it’s cool to see more TV channels popping up replaying great detective TV shows like I Spy, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., It Takes a Thief,
Keep them coming. I’d love to see Hawaiian Eye, Burke’s Law, etc.
Like the characters and plots, the theme music from some of these old programs is just as enduring. Tonight’s music is stepped up a notch from the usual smooth and relaxing mode, but still, I believe, satisfies.
We begin with noted composer, pianist and conductor Lalo Schifrin. You may have seen his name in numerous TV closing credits. From his bio on his website:
“Lalo Schifrin is a true Renaissance man. As a pianist, composer and conductor, he is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and even The Sultan of Oman.As a young man in his native
Lalo Schifrin continued his formal music education at the Paris Conservatory during the early 1950’s. Simultaneously, he became a professional jazz pianist, composer and arranger, playing and recording in
When Schifrin returned to
He has written more than 100 scores for films and television. Among the classic scores are ‘Mission Impossible,’ ‘Mannix,’ ‘The Fox,’ ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ ‘Bullitt,’ ‘Dirty Harry,’ ‘The Cincinnati Kid,’ and ‘Amityville Horror.’
He was commissioned to write the Grand Finale for an event which took place in
Here, Schifrin performs with the BBC Big Band.
I think you’ll recognize the theme.
In my view, the greatest TV theme song of all-time is Peter Gunn written by the great Henry Mancini. We hear it from a talented musician and producer.
Eumir Deodato was born in
At age 17, he arranged and conducted his first recording session for a 28-piece orchestra. Soon after, Deodato became a respected arranger and pianist in
He would later do studio work for Astrid Gilberto, Walter Wanderley, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, all of whom have been featured during our Goodnight feature. Deodato would also arrange for Sinatra, Roberta Flack ("Killing Me Softly", "Chapter Two", "Quiet Fire"), Aretha Franklin ("Let Me In Your Life") and others.
But his musical explosion came with the tremendous success of his version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra", better known as "2001: A Space Odyssey." The single sold over 5 million copies in the early 70’s.
Deodato also worked extensively as a producer. One of his first works was Kool and The Gang's "Celebration." He has amassed 16 platinum records with combined sales of well over 25 million records in the
His rendition of “Peter Gunn” is mighty nice.
From the album....
Deodato in 1974 at the Hollywood Bowl
Craig Stevens as Peter Gunn
As much as I love that theme (it’s the best), the most popular and most recognizable might belong to a more suave and sophisticated chap...
James Bond is Ian Fleming’s famous character.
Plain old Bond is an Australian/British string quartet that specializes in classical crossover music. The group has been called the best selling string quartet of all time, selling over four million records. Members include Elspeth Hanson (first violin, from Upper Basildon, England), Eos Chater (second violin, from
Here’s Bond doing the Bond theme during a concert in 2000 at the Royal Albert Hall.
Yes, I can certainly see why they are Bond girls.
That’s it for this evening.
Thank you for tuning in.
We close with an appropriately titled smooth piece from Brian Hughes.
And by the way, Sean Connery turns 82 years old on Saturday.
Have a super weekend.