I was watching this great documentary series on PBS titled The Pioneers Of Television and one of their episodes featured superheros. Of the few true superheros they talked about, I thought it was awesome for them to devote a segment to The Greatest American Hero. Which obviously got me thinking about this song!
The Greatest American Hero was the story of a super curly headed teacher (played by William Katt) who is bestowed a magical superhero outfit but loses the instruction manual on how it works. So throughout the series he just can’t seem to get a handle of it’s special powers (particularly flying!).
The fantasy-comedy-drama-detective show aired from 1981-1983, and it’s now famous theme song “Believe It Or Not” performed by Joey Scarbury, was eventually recorded at a full length version and released as a single. Which by the way, made it it to a spectacular #2 on the charts! TV soundtrack man Mike Post also had a hand in this tunes development.
I remember this show being on as a kid, at a very early age, in one of the apartments we lived in. Maybe my Dad would leave it on (probably because Robert Culp was in it) and I’d get a kick out of the whole superhero thing which obviously had a comedic enough appeal to interest a child. In terms of longevity, to me this theme song can easily be regarded as one of “the greatest American TV theme songs” of all time!
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