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Crockett's Theme


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"Crockett's Theme" is a song by Jan Hammer, featured on the album Miami Vice II in 1986 and released as a single in September 1987. It first appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Calderone's Return (Part I)", but it was subsequently used in different arrangements in many episodes of the series, specifically (not surprisingly) those dealing heavily with James "Sonny" Crockett.

Along with the "Miami Vice Theme", it is one of the most famous pieces of music Jan Hammer composed for the series.

Hammer later recorded a cover version with TQ.


At least three different versions of the track have been officially released:

  • "Crockett's Theme", running 3:25 -- the version released as a single in 1986; this only appeared once in the series, when Crockett first sees his new Testarossa in "Stone's War".
  • "Crockett's Theme (Extended 12" Mix)", running 5:48 -- a considerably longer mix, released as a 12" single in the UK and Europe.
  • "Crockett's Return", running 3:23 -- an alternate arrangement of the theme, first featured in the episode "Give a Little, Take a Little".



  • While nowhere near as successful as the "Miami Vice Theme" in the US, the song was a smash hit in the UK and it reached #2 there. The song also enjoyed a similar level of success elsewhere in Europe; in the Netherlands it held the #1 spot for four weeks, and it reached #4 in Germany.
  • "Crockett's Theme" was one of four singles released from the album Miami Vice II -- the others being "The Last Unbroken Heart" by Patti LaBelle & Bill Champlin, "When the Rain Comes Down" by Andy Taylor, and "Send It to Me" by Gladys Knight & The Pips (the latter of which did not actually appear in the TV series). All four songs were written specifically for the series (or, in the case of "Send It to Me", the album Miami Vice II).
  • The B-side on the single release was the Jan Hammer track "New York Theme", first used in the episode "The Prodigal Son".
  • Over the course of the series, several different variations of the theme appeared. To date, only the single versions and the "Crockett's Return" mix have been officially released.
  • While there was no "Tubbs' Theme" on the show, the track "Rico's Blues" can be seen as the character's equivalent of "Crockett's Theme", appearing in several Tubbs-centric episodes.
  • The song was later included in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which was heavily inspired by the show. The song appears on the fictional in-game radio station Emotion 98.3.

Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme HD

Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme (Miami Vice)