The Six-Million Dollar Man Clips
Today I am gearing up for our “hard” (real) launch tomorrow (June 1, 2022) of a crowdfunding effort for FSM Studios—my production entity!
Read all about it in Friday’s column as well as Monday’s.
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But onto today’s topic. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years—it’s my audience!
I love Oliver Nelson’s music to The Six Million Dollar Man. So do lots of people.
I have a confession to make: I have only barely seen the show. I was too young to catch it on air in the mid to late 1970s. And when I was a little kid, we never had UHF at our house, where I presume it aired in syndication in the 1980s (did it?).
But I’ve heard the theme and a few cues (in context of the shows) over the years and it’s like the quintessential groovy TV action sound. It really takes me back to my earliest memories of the world consisting of polyester pants, shag carpets and everybody smoking cigarettes (yuck). And for some reason, the most popular color was brown.
The show’s convention of using slow-motion to suggest bionic superpowers resulted in lengthy, wordless sequences where you just watched slo-mo and heard cool music.
Oliver Nelson was the series composer on this from 1974–76. The workload literally killed him—he died from a heart attack on October 28, 1976. He was only 43. So terrible. What a magnificent talent.
Will it ever be released from the Universal Television vaults? I sure hope so. But I have no idea. Sorry!
In recent years fans have posted rips and clips to YouTube—as well as some recreations—and a thread at the FSM board brought my attention to some new ones.