Crockett's Theme: Ian Hammer's biggest hit of the 80s!
Today, Jan Hammer is known as a virtuoso Czech composer, pianist, and winner of several Grammy awards. The first big success overtook him in the 1980s! Then Hammer was lucky enough to get a job on television, where he, in fact, recorded the most unique and beautiful masterpiece in his career ... Subsequently, the Crockett's Theme soundtrack for the Miami Vice television series, popular in those years, was sold in 7 million copies worldwide!
Biography of the musician
The musician was born on April 17, 1948 in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. His mother, jazz singer Vlasta Prukhova, instilled in the boy a love of music from early childhood ... As a child, Hammer was fond of playing the jazz piano. Growing up, he entered the Berklee College of Music.
In the early 1970s, Jan performed with Jerry Goodman, Sarah Vaughan, and the rock band Mahavishnu Orchestra, with whom he managed to record several enjoyable albums.
In 1973, Jan takes part in the recordings of the fusion albums "Spectrum" (Billy Cobham) and "Teaser" (Tommy Bolin). And so, in the 1980s, Hammer became the author of a platinum soundtrack! But first things first…
Clip "Crockett's Theme"
Song history and interesting facts
This theme music first appeared on the October 19, 1984 episode "Calderone's Return: The Hit List (Part 1)". The track delighted not only fans of the series, but also music lovers who were able to enjoy it to their heart's content both on the Miami Vice II album and on Escape from Television by Jan Hammer himself.
While this song didn't have much success in the United States, it became a big hit in Western Europe, reaching #1 in Belgium and the Netherlands in less than a month! The track also reached number two in Ireland and the UK.
The significance of Crockett's Theme is that it is the last instrumental to top the US Hot 100! In 1985, the soundtrack brought its creator a Grammy Award!
Certified 4x Platinum, Crockett's Theme became the best selling soundtrack of the time! So, in the course of mistakes and bold experiments, Jan Hammer opened a new era ... His soundtrack had a huge impact on the further development of music and cinema! Crockett's Theme is one of the most striking examples of how emotions are reflected exclusively in notes... When words are useless...