Pete Carpenter

Clarence E.PeteCarpenter (April 1, 1914 – October 18, 1987) was an American jazztrombonist, arranger, and veteran of television theme musicsheet music.[1] After a long career playing the trombone in bands and as a studio musician, Carpenter started working with composer Earle Hagen and writing music for television on shows like Bewitched (1964), Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964), and The Andy Griffith Show (1966–1967).[2]

Pete Carpenter
Background information
Birth name Clarence E. Carpenter
Born (1914-04-01)April 1, 1914
Honolulu, Hawaii
Died October 18, 1987(1987-10-18) (aged 73)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, arranger
Instruments Trombone
Musical artist

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Carpenter’s collaboration with the much younger composer Mike Post began in 1968 and lasted until Carpenter’s death nearly two decades later. The two saw some success when they wrote the theme for producer Stephen J. Cannell‘s first show, the police detective drama Toma in 1973. But their big breakthrough was the top 10 Billboard hit and Grammy Award-winning theme for Cannell’s private detective drama The Rockford Files in 1974, starring James Garner.[3][4]

Carpenter and Post went on to score over 1800 hours of television, and to compose the music for television shows like The Rockford Files (1974), CHiPs (1977), Magnum, P.I. (1980), Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (1980), The A-Team (1983), Hardcastle and McCormick (1983), Riptide (1984), Hunter (1984), Stingray (1985), as well as movies like Vanishing Point (1971), Rabbit Test (1978), and Will: G. Gordon Liddy (1982).[2] In addition to their 17th Annual Grammy Awards for Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumentalist for Rockford, for Hunter the duo won a Broadcast Music, Inc. TV Music Award in 1989.[2][3]

The theme for The A-Team and The Rockford Files have also made appearances on other television programs and movies, including the pilot for David Chase’s hit show on HBO, The Sopranos (1999), and the films Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003), Napoleon Dynamite (2004), and Miracle (2004).[2]

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