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Curly Smith, Charles Sandford, Dickey Betts, Mark Leonard, Don Johnson
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Opening in Miami streets and closing at bar
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"Streetwise" is a song by Don Johnson, recorded exclusively for Miami Vice in 1986. It was later released as a single B-side that year. It appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Streetwise".


  • The song has never been released on any album, although it was issued as a B-side on the 12" version of Don Johnson's "Heartache Away" single.
  • It is not definitely known whether the song was recorded exclusively for Miami Vice, although given that it shares its title with the episode of the same name, coupled with the fact Olivia Brown (Trudy) provides the spoken word segments and performs these lines "live" in the episode in which the song is used, it seems highly probable.
  • Whoopi Goldberg sings backing vocals on the song, while Stevie Ray Vaughn plays lead guitar.
  • One of the co-writers was Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band. In 1979 Johnson wrote two songs for Betts' band's album "Enlightened Rogues".
  • Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas both released albums during Miami Vice's run, but Johnson's was the more successful, reaching the Billboard Top 20 on the album chart and a Top 5 single, "Heartbeat".
  • "Streetwise" is one of three songs featured in Miami Vice that shares its title with an episode -- the others being "Smuggler's Blues" and "Little Miss Dangerous".