I was just mucking around YouTube, as you do, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up when I played this theme and opening titles from Cagney and Lacey. What a great 80s TV series that was, mostly made great by the chemistry between the two lead actors, Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly. The show won a string of glittering awards.
The two main actresses combined to win the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama six consecutive years, a winning streak unmatched in any major category by a show.
This theme tune was used from series 2 onwards and was written by Bill Conti. It’s a real corker and needs to be played at full volume!
It ought to be noted that Sharon Gless joined the show in series 2. In series 1, her part was played by Meg Foster.
It also ought to be noted that the fantastic Rizzoli and Isles certainly is in the tradition of Cagney and Lacey. Indeed, someone has done a spoof version of Cagney and Lacey style credits for Rizzoli and Isles. That’s a shame because Rizzoli and Isles has its own superb theme tune called “I’m shipping up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys which helps gives the show its distinctive Boston-feel.