Smuggler's Blues


Featured in Episode
Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
12 (June 22, 1985, one week)
Year Released
The Allnighter
Glenn Frey & Jack Tempchin
RIAA Certification
Sequence song appears
(Smuggler's Blues) Crockett, Tubbs and Jimmy fly to and from Cartagena, Tubbs is caught by policia, and at end when Lt. Jones is pulled out of water
(A Bullet for Crockett) Flashback to above scene followed by a collage of snips from various episodes
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"Smuggler's Blues" is a song by Glenn Frey, featured on the album The Allnighter in 1984 and released as a single that year. It appeared in the Miami Vice episodes "Smuggler's Blues" and "A Bullet for Crockett".


  • "Smuggler's Blues" is one of 11 songs that were reused in more than one episode of Miami Vice.
  • The song was included on the soundtrack album Miami Vice.
  • The song was the inspiration for the episode of the same name, to the point where several of the song's lyrics are used or paraphrased in dialogue. Glenn Frey actually guest starred in the episode as Jimmy Cole, the smuggler pilot that flew Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs to and from Cartagena. When a sequel was proposed for the second season ("Trust Fund Pirates"), Frey was apparently unavailable and the story was rewritten, with Gary Cole playing another free-thinking smuggler who knew Jimmy; Jimmy was mentioned as having retired from smuggling.
  • As well as the regular album version, an acoustic version of the song appears at the very end of the episode. This version was recorded exclusively for the show and has not appeared on any album or as a single, making it one of the few Miami Vice songs never to see a release in any form outside of the show.
  • Frey would have two other songs appear on Miami Vice: "New Love" and "You Belong to the City".
  • The video for "Smuggler's Blues" won an 1985 MTV VMA for "Best Concept Video".
  • "Smuggler's Blues" is one of three songs featured in Miami Vice that shares its title with an episode -- the others being "Little Miss Dangerous" and "Streetwise".
  • Although not featured in the game itself, the song is included on European pressings of the Flash FM soundtrack album released for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which was heavily inspired by Miami Vice. The song's inclusion on the CD was presumably intended as yet another nod to the series.
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