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