Count Basie: The M Squad Theme
The M Squad Theme
Count Basie Orchestra
The Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (Mosaic MD10-149)
Composed by Count Basie. Arranged by Frank Foster.
Recorded: New York, September 9, 1958
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Count Basie, photo by Herb Snitzer
Pound for pound, the toughest 1950s TV cop was Lt. Frank Ballinger of Chicago PD's M Squad. No, the M didn't stand for Lee Marvin, who played Ballinger. M stood for murder. During its first season the show's theme was nondescript. Then the producers sprang for 2½ minutes of mayhem by Count Basie and his mob of heavies blasting away like the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, aided and abetted on the soundtrack by squealing tires and gunfire. Go ahead, listen if you have the guts. Just don't go runnin' your mouth when the coppers pump you. You never heard of me. Got it?
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz