Cannon starred William Conrad and it ran from 1971-1976. The theme song was composed by John Parker who also composed the theme for CHiPs which was one of my 70s favorites. This opening is from “The Star” which was episode 14 of the fifth and final season of the show.
It’s funny, I remember the name of the character and the theme song for this show but I know almost nothing about it. I think it must have aired right at my bed time or something so that the opening credits were all I ever saw. I do remember “Nero Wolfe” and “Jake and the Fat Man” very well though. Maybe type casting isn’t such a bad thing for some people. William Conrad was quite an accomplished TV director through the late 50s and 60s but I bet he’ll be best remembered for his two decades of portraying America’s favorite crime fighter of size!
Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will probably remember the hilarious William Conrad Fridge Alert invention exchange from episode 420.
Here’s a more “off beat” composition by Dominic Frontiere, performed by William Conrad. Russ Vickers painted the gorgeous canvases used in the opening and closing shots of the John Wayne western “Chisum.” You can see more of his stunning work at http://www.russvickers.com/
“Chisum” was released in 1970 and I haven’t seen it. After seeing the opening credits I don’t think I really need to. I think O.G. rapper William Conrad has probably summed it up ably for us right there in the opening ode. And if he didn’t then this is even more bizarre! I looked up musical supervisor Sonny Burke to see if he was a drinking man and apparently he was not. A clever Facebook friend pointed out that Conrad played the voice of Matt Dillon on the radio version of Gunsmoke for years so that’s probably the tie in they had in mind but… Well you be the judge!
A friend of mine says he loves the Frontiere theme song for the show “Search” that I posted yesterday “more than life.” I don’t think there is a theme song that I love more than my life. I would probably take a fairly hard punch in the arm to ensure the continued existence of all the “Ballad Of…” style themes though. So if that sort of thing comes up, I’m your woman!