Old School Cool (Peter Gunn, Henry Mancini)

Y’know, sometimes a feller’s just gotta go back through a squeaky door or two and revisit the things that provided his cultural base. For me, that was the TV and music of my youth: before James Bond, and before the Beatles and hippies spoiled music.

Tell me Gunn wasn’t Bond cool, before there was Bond

Today, it’s Peter Gunn (ep 1:1).

The key, here, is the early Henry Mancini: his Peter Gunn cool lasted into The Pink Panther with only flashes surfacing as his famous commercial music evolved.

Yeah, I miss old-school cool
[opens desk drawer, strokes slide rule, closes drawer]


Note: the design on that album cover still makes me queasy.
Reminds me of the post-apocalypse horror movie Day the World Ended ’56.
Scared the bejeezus out’a me as a kid.

9 Comments!

  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 21, 2022 at 2:26 pm |

    Could you comb your hair with the palm of your hand? I so, you were Peter Gunn cool.

  2. DougM (just entertaining myself here)
    Posted November 21, 2022 at 2:31 pm |

    dick ^
    *heh* More like Lt Jacobi cool
    (Never understood a detective driving a black&white, though)

  3. Veeshir
    Posted November 21, 2022 at 4:13 pm |

    Henry Fonda was in a western TV show called The Deputy.
    The music has a heavy beatnik vibe to it, not what you’d expect in a western.

  4. Stick
    Posted November 22, 2022 at 5:47 am |

    *sigh* Lots I miss about that time.

  5. Mr. Moo
    Posted November 22, 2022 at 5:54 am |

    Peter Gunn theme, extended.
    https://televisiontunes.com/Peter_Gunn_%28LP_ver%29.html

  6. mech
    Posted November 22, 2022 at 7:53 am |

    Go to amazon Prime (video channel)

    Look up “Sound of 007″

    enjoy.

    You’re welcome.

  7. jlw
    Posted November 22, 2022 at 8:24 am |

    go to ROKU channel and you can get all three seasons, free, currently.

  8. JC
    Posted November 22, 2022 at 2:02 pm |

    There’s a tune by Freddie King, an instrumental called ‘HideAway’, just chock-full of tasty licks. It includes the bass part of the Peter Gunne theme for 12 bars. I like to stretch it to 24, and do the horn part on guitar.

  9. DougM (just entertaining myself here)
    Posted November 22, 2022 at 3:09 pm |

    JC ^
    Heeeere ya go! (your bit is @1m35s)
    Longer versions are on YouTube, also.
    Totally forgot about Freddie King.
    Thanks