By: Scott RossPublished: September 29, 2022

Mike Post

Mike Post is the greatest TV theme composer in the history of the medium, and the man who wrote arguably the two most recognizable notes in the history of recorded music, the dun-DUN at the start of the theme song to Law & Order. Post was born on September 29, 1944.

Lest you think Post a one-trick (or perhaps two-note) pony, he also wrote this absolute banger that kicked off every episode of The Rockford Files.

And don't sleep on this tasty number that got you fired up every Tuesday night...

And of course, who could forget the impeccable guitar work that drives this little ditty...

Honestly, we could do this all day, as the man also penned the music for Baa Baa Black Sheep, Blossom, The Commish, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Greatest American Hero, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hooperman, Hunter, NewsRadio, Profit, Quantum Leap, Renegade, Riptide, Silk Stalkings, Stingray, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, andThe White Shadow, just to name a few.

Over the course of his career, Post had six of his theme songs make it onto the singles charts, won five Grammys and an Emmy, and so deeply ingrained himself into our collective psyche that the great Pete Townshend wrote a song called "Mike Post Theme Song" that was recorded by The Who for their 2006 album, Endless Wire:

We're not strong enough!
We're not young enough!
We're not long enough,
Not cold enough

Emotionally we're not even old enough!Late at night, we're in a video-game dream,
There is no lover in this numbered scene
We summon every childhood ghost we've seen,
Then suddenly we hear that Mike Post Theme

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