Peter Gunn Theme

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Peter Gunn Theme
Composer Henry Mancini
Released 1958-09-22
Title Origin Official

The Peter Gunn Theme is the theme music for the television show Peter Gunn. It was composed by Henry Mancini and originally recorded by the Henry Mancini Orchestra. The tune is a hip, brassy number with an insistent piano-and-bass line. The song earned Mancini an Emmy Award and two Grammys.

In video games, the song has been quite popular in the Spy Hunter, Espionage, and The Blues Brothers series.

Games

Spy Hunter (ARC)

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Spy Hunter (ARC)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1983-??-??
Format VGM
Loops Yes

When the game starts only a few bars are played of the Peter Gunn Theme before it stops. From then on, the theme is played again every time you enter a weapons van. The song continues to play on a loop until you crash.

Spy Hunter (A2)

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Spy Hunter (A2)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1983-??-??
Format UNK


Spy Hunter (A26)

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Spy Hunter (A26)
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Arranger Sean Pearce
Released 1983-??-??
Format UNK
Loops No

In the graphically-challenged Atari version, programmed by Sean Pearce, the Peter Gunn Theme plays at the beginning of the game, and each time you enter the weapons van. Only the first couple notes of the song are played.

Spy Hunter (A8)

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Spy Hunter (A8)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1984-??-??
Length 0:43.26
Format SAP
Loops Yes

The Peter Gunn Theme plays on a loop as you drive. If you die, the song ends, but starts back up again when you enter a weapons truck. A good portion of the song is played, but not nearly as long as the full version.

Spy Hunter (C64)

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Spy Hunter (C64)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1984-??-??
Length 0:43.68
Format SID
Loops Yes

The Peter Gunn Theme plays when you start a new game or enter a weapons truck. A good portion of the song is played, but not nearly as long as the full version.

Spy Hunter (CV)

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Spy Hunter (CV)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1984-??-??
Format UNK


Spy Hunter (PCB)

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Spy Hunter (PCB)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1984-??-??
Length 0:25.70
Format UNK
Loops No

In the PC boot loader port the Peter Gunn Theme plays at the title screen for 25 seconds, and then unceremoniously stops in the middle of a bar. The music is played through the PC Speaker, which doesn't do the song much justice.

Elevator Repairman (A8)

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Elevator Repairman (A8)
Arranger Fred Caprilli
Released 1985-??-??
Format SAP


Spy Hunter (NES)

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Spy Hunter (NES)
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Arranger Naoki Kodaka
Released 1987-??-??
Length 3:10
Format NSF, VGM
Loops Yes

The music from the NES port behaves identically to the arcade version. It contains the entire Peter Gunn Theme with all the solos. Because of its length, the song is only looped once in the recording.

Espionage (AMI)

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Espionage (AMI)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1988-??-??
Format UNK


Espionage (AST)

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Espionage (AST)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1988-??-??
Format SNDH


Espionage (CPC)

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Espionage (CPC)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1988-??-??
Format UNK


Espionage (C64)

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Espionage (C64)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1988-??-??
Format SID


The Blues Brothers (AMI)

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The Blues Brothers (AMI)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1991-??-??
Format MOD


The Blues Brothers (AST)

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The Blues Brothers (AST)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1991-??-??
Format SNDH


The Blues Brothers (C64)

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The Blues Brothers (C64)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1991-??-??
Format SID

Track 3 in the SID file.

The Blues Brothers (DOS)

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The Blues Brothers (DOS)
Arranger Christophe Fevre
Released 1991-??-??
Format UNK


The Blues Brothers (GB)

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The Blues Brothers (GB)
Arranger Christophe Fevre
Released 1992-06-??
Format GBS


The Blues Brothers (NES)

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The Blues Brothers (NES)
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Arranger Christophe Fevre
Released 1992-09-??
Length 3:10
Format NSF


The Blues Brothers (SNES)

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The Blues Brothers (SNES)
Arranger Rob Stevens, Dimitri Yerasimos
Released 1993-03-26
Format SPC


Rock n' Roll Racing (GEN)

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Rock n' Roll Racing (GEN)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1993-??-??
Format VGM


Rock n' Roll Racing (SNES)

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Rock n' Roll Racing (SNES)
Arranger Tim Follin
Released 1993-??-??
Format SPC


The Blues Brothers: Jukebox Adventure (DOS)

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The Blues Brothers: Jukebox Adventure (DOS)
Arranger Christophe Fevre
Released 1993-??-??
Format UNK


Guitar Tabs

It has constant 8-notes one-string rhythm on bass (repeating through all song):

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Alternative version:

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