Television programs, such as American Bandstand and Ed Sullivan Show, provided not only entertainment for the masses but also gave exposure to a multitude of recording artists. The venue of the television remarkably aided the success of many music legends. With television also came program after program readily identifiable by a specific musical theme, some becoming legitimate pop hits—songs like 'The Peter Gunn Theme,' 'Welcome Back' and 'Theme from S.W.A.T.'
But prior to 1985, no television program had ever launched a smash-hit, movie-style soundtrack album. The first one to do so was NBC's Miami Vice, a show that not only altered the landscapes of television and fashion, but also sent the soundtrack album of the same name to the top of the Billboard 200 on this day in 1985—a spot it would hold for the next 11 weeks.
The future of American television was greatly impacted by the crime drama series Miami Vice. The series ran for five seasons on NBC from 1984–1989. Reruns were aired the following year in 1990. Michael Mann directed a film adaptation of the television series, which was released on July 28, 2006.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...