Mike Post (born Leland Michael Postil) is an award-winning composer best known for his many memorable themes for such popular TV series as "The Rockford Files," "Magnum, P.I.," "Hill Street Blues," "The Greatest American Hero," "The A-Team," "Hardcastle And McCormick," "L.A. Law," "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "NYPD Blue," and the "Law & Order" franchise. He has several instrumental hits on the Pop/Rock charts that include "Manhattan Spiritual" (1975), "The Rockford Files" (1975), "The Theme From Hill Street Blues" (1981), and "Theme From Magnum P.I." (1982). In addition, he co-wrote with Stephen Geyer the 1981 Joey Scarbury smash hit, "Theme From 'Greatest American Hero' (Believe It Or Not)," which also served as the theme song for the TV series of the same name. Post is most famous today as the creator of the opening eerie clunking sound effect from "Law & Order."
Post began his music career as a session guitarist, songwriter, musical arranger, and producer and has, over the years, worked with such diverse bands and artists as The Murmaids, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Sonny & Cher, The Outcasts, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Mason Williams, Dolly Parton, and Van Halen. During the late 1960s, Post had two early career milestones while in his early 20s: winning his first Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement on Mason Williams' 1968 hit, "Classical Gas," and becoming the musical director for "The Andy Williams Show" in 1969 which was the beginning of his many fruitful years in television. Post had another breakthrough in 1975 with the theme for "The Rockford Files," co-written with longtime collaborator Pete Carpenter, which became a Top 10 hit and won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.
Over the years, Post won three more Grammys: two in 1981 for "The Theme From Hill Street Blues" which also became a Top 10 hit, and one in 1988 for "The Theme From LA Law." His many other honors and accolades also include an Emmy Award for the theme music from "Murder One," plus BMI Awards for the music for "L.A. Law," "Hunter," and "Law & Order."
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- The Rockford Files 1975
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