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Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and created by Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and continues in reruns. At the airing of its last episode, it was the longest-running police drama in American television history.

The show starred Jack Lord as Detective Captain Stephen "Steve" McGarrett, the head of a special state police task force in Hawaii which was based on an actual unit that existed under martial law after World War II. The theme music composed by Morton Stevens became especially popular. Many episodes would end with McGarrett's catchphrase, "Book 'em, Danno!"

Theme music

Another legacy of the show is the popularity of the Hawaii Five-O theme music The tune was composed by Morton Stevens, who also composed numerous episode scores. The theme was recorded by The Ventures, whose version reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, and is particularly popular with college and high school marching bands, especially at the University of Hawaii where it has become the unofficial fight song. The tune has also been heard at Robertson Stadium after Houston Dynamo goals scored by Brian Ching, a native of Hawaii. Because of the tempo of the music, the theme gained popularity in the UK with followers of Northern soul and was popular on dance floors in the 1970s.

Although the theme is most widely known as an instrumental, it has been released with at least two similar but different sets of lyrics. The first, You Can Come With Me by Don Ho, opens with an instrumental in the familiar tempo, then settles into a ballad style for the sung portion. The second, by Sammy Davis, Jr., titled You Can Count on Me (Theme from Hawaii Five-O), maintains the driving style of the original instrumental throughout.

Australian new wave band Radio Birdman also quoted Stevens' theme at length in the closing section of their 1977 single "Aloha, Steve & Danno", a tongue-in-cheek punk 'tribute' to the series.

In the Australian movie The Dish, the theme was mistaken for the national anthem of the US by a local band upon the visit of the US Ambassador to Parkes, NSW, to commemorate the 1969 moon landing.




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