Music from the television series I SPY
Composed and conducted by Earle Hagen
Warner Bros. 1637
Produced by Jimmy Hilliard
Engineer: Dave Weichman
Recording Coordinator: Carl Brandt
Performance rights on all selections: Lomahurst Music, BMI
Liner Notes by Bill Cosby...
When I first met Earle Hagen he was wearing white pants and white shoes and a loud, Hawaiian shirt. A pipe out of his mouth and glasses. A balding gentleman who had the last few hairs on his head shaved off, like a crew cut. You know. The kind of crew cut that a hundred men get. Where just the sides remind you of the crew cut, but the top is almost clear skin, and I said to myself, "This man is hip."
Bob Culp, Sheldon Leonard, and I went off to Hong Kong to shoot our pilot, which sounds mean of us but which is actually the first segment of the proposed new series. In reality and seriousness. After it was finished, we went to the viewing room to see the finished product and we listened to Hagen's music, and I said to myself, "This man is hip."
Earle Hagen is definitely hip. I still have chills up and down my spine when they play the "I Spy" theme for me whenever I appear on different variety shows. Makes me feel good all over.
After speaking with Earle, I found out he's an avid jazz fan and more knowledgeable about the Coltranes, Getzs, Basies than most. So the man is definitely hip. In one place in the Scoring Dept. Earle's proven this. He's proven it with his flexibility, because certainly the man must be flexible if he's going to write eight Japanese shows, eight Hong Kong shows, eight Mexican shows and (in the next year) music for North Africa, Spain, and exotic Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
Earle'll be writing jazz, and will probable become known as everyone's international jazz favorite. In other words, I wouldn't be surprised if, in 1967 or 1968, that the young, hip, jazz enthusiast might be saying, "When I first met Earle Hagen, he was wearing white pants and white shoes, and a loud, Hawaiian shirt..."
The Capitol ST-2839 soundtrack
* Composed by Earle Hagen and Gene Lees
**Composed by Hugo Friedhofer
Produced by Lex de Azevedo