Throwback: Sammy Davis Jr.-Baretta’s Theme (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow)

Sammy Davis Jr. recorded “Baretta’s Theme (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow)” in 1975. Baretta was a detective series that ran on CBS from 1975 to 1978. Davis was going through a transition in his career, having recently signed a contract with 20th Century Records. It was a new era in music, and Davis was dealing with ageism in the music industry and trying to find his place.  Jim Gilstrap sang on the initial recording, but the studio told songwriter Morgan Ames they couldn’t have a Black singer sing the theme to a white show. Davis’s version debuted during the show’s second season, which was a success. 

Davis’s “Baretta’s Theme” became a hit in the Netherlands, Sweden, and Belgium, inspiring Davis to record more television themes. Morgan Ames and Dave Grusin wrote the song, which was one of the most expressive TV show songs of the ’70s.  Davis’s Broadway background did not inhibit his ability to sing funk, soul, and disco, all three genres heavily embedded in the tune. The Baretta theme and Davis’s covers of other television show songs were included on The Song And Dance Man album, which was released in 1976 to foreign markets but not in the United States. Deadline revealed that Hulu will no longer pick up the Davis limited series from Lee Daniels starring Elijah Kelley, which is currently being shopped to other media companies. 

 




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Adrian Miller Is The Music Supervisor For Season Three Of Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Music entrepreneur Adrian L. Miller is the music supervisor of Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga’s third season. Wu-Tang Clan founder Rza and American screenwriter Alex Tse created the series which debuted in 2019. The biographical drama which tells the story of the Wu-Tang Clan’s beginnings is in its third and final season on Hulu. Miller picked music to reflect their lives at the time he says, ”I purposely selected the music for each episode, sourcing music that was part of our daily living soundtrack during this era. This music is our legacy – and an additional character in each episode.” 

Alex Tse remarked, “We’ve always felt Adrian was part of the family. It was nice to make that official this season.” Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man says of Miller, A one since day one.” The Wu-Tang series is not Miller’s first time in the role of music supervisor. He worked on the soundtracks for Friday, Waist Deep, Cut Throat City and Judgement Night. In addition, to being a music supervisor, he is the founder of music management company Xylon Inc. and the co-owner of record labels OBE, Delicious Vinyl Island and A Tiny Universe with Grammy-winning producer Om’ Mas Keith. Over the course of his career, Miller has worked in different roles including A&R for Warner Brothers and Immortal. He discovered Flo Rida, and worked with Outkast, Ice Cube Cypress Hill and House Of Pain. He has recently managed and executive-produced Nx Worries, The Free Nationals and anderson.paak. 

Miller is also concerned with community building and is creating The Adrian M. Miller Conservatory in Frequency & Harmony, a study of Music Entertainment program and scholarship at Livingstone College. He is also on the board of the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx. 

 




Media Questions Of The Week

Gladys Knight President Biden
President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff attend a performance by Gladys Knight following their dinner with African Summit Leaders, Wednesday, December 14, 2022, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Why can’t Gladys Knight get a meeting with President Biden to discuss a contract for her company which manufactures COVID-19 prevention gear? 

 

 

Who was the television judge that sexually assaulted Sheryl Lee Ralph?