The best TV show instrumentals: #3 "Park Avenue Beat" from "Perry Mason"

@JohnRoberts (62994)
Los Angeles, California
July 29, 2017 8:44am CST
Another instantly recognizable classic iconic theme. Based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s famed fictional character, “Perry Mason” (1957-66) would become the most famous and influential legal TV series of all time. Raymond Burr starred as the attorney who never lost a case and solved the crime in the courtroom in theatrical fashion. “Park Avenue Beat” was the highlight of composer Fred Steiner’s career. He scored numerous B pictures, provided incidental music to TV series and did the “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” theme. Steiner intended the “Perry Mason” theme to evoke a jazzy big city feel and has the most dramatic intro you will ever hear. Mike Curb’s “Law & Order” intro is clearly inspired by “Perry Mason.”
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@FourWalls (15214)
• United States
29 Jul 17
Everyone wanted Perry Mason as their lawyer. And oh, what a theme.
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@marlina (77882)
• Canada
29 Jul 17
My sister wanted the detective for a boyfriend more than she wanted the lawyer.
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• United States
29 Jul 17
I nearly always watched this show.
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@GardenGerty (102516)
• United States
29 Jul 17
Thank you, I think. It is now running in my head. I never knew the name or history. I think he succeeded in getting his theme to evoke those feelings and moods.
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@teamfreak16 (41409)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
29 Jul 17
Used to watch Perry Mason every week. I remember this well.
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@velvet53 (17412)
• Palisade, Colorado
30 Jul 17
I remember this real well.
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@RasmaSandra (19660)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Jul 17
I used to enjoy Perry Mason and later watched all they had to offer on YouTube. Just didn't know about the theme. Thanks for sharing.
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@marlina (77882)
• Canada
29 Jul 17
Thanks for the memories, I just listened to it and it did bring back some good evenings passed with my family watching "Perry Mason". It was on Tuesday night for us, translated in French.
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@andriaperry (58649)
• United States
29 Jul 17
Yes I remember this show and its theme.
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@hostessman (9953)
• Tucson, Arizona
29 Jul 17
i saw some reruns of Perry Mason just last week, enjoyed them very much
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@just4him (127165)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Jul 17
It is certainly recognizable. It was also my father's favorite drama series.
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@snowy22315 (52669)
• United States
29 Jul 17
Yes, the theme from that and Bonanza were just going through my head..as Bonanza is being shown on the page as well.
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@silvermist (20116)
• India
29 Jul 17
Though I had read most of the books,had not watched the series.Thanks for sharing the link.
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