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Peter Clarence "Pete" Carpenter (1 April 1914 -- 18 October 1987), was an Americanmarker jazz trombonist, musical arranger, and a veteran of television theme song scoring.

Carpenter started writing the music for television on shows like Bewitched (1964), Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964), and The Andy Griffith Show (1966-1967).


His collaboration with Mike Post, which began in 1968, lasted until Carpenter's death. The two saw some success when they wrote the theme for producer Stephen J. Cannell's first show, the police detective drama Toma in 1973. But their big breakthrough was the top 10 Billboard hit and Grammy Award-winning theme for Cannell's private detective drama The Rockford Files in 1974, starring James Garner.Knight, Judson. Mike Post - at

Film and Television Works

They went on to score over 1800 hours of television, and compose the music for both television shows like CHiPs (1977), Magnum, P.I. (1980), Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (1980), The A-Team (1983), Hardcastle and McCormick (1983), Riptide (1984), Hunter (1984), Stingray (1985), a movies like Vanishing Point (1971), Rabbit Test (1978), and Will: G. Gordon Liddy (1982). In addition to their 1975 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for Rockford, for Hunter the duo won a Broadcast Music Incorporated TV Music Award in 1989.

The theme for the A-Team and The Rockford Files have also made appearances on other television programs and movies, including the pilot for David Chase's hit show on HBO, The Sopranos (1999), and the films Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003), Napoleon Dynamite (2004), and Miracle (2004).

Personal Life

He was married to actress Maybeth Carr; they had two children, Pete, Jr., and Nancy. In 1989, Mike Post and the BMI Foundation established a Pete Carpenter Memorial Fund to benefit young composers.


  1. Pete Carpenter - at IMDb
  2. Mike Post Biography - at The Museum of Broadcast Communications
  3. Post and Carpenter -
  4. The Rockford Files (theme) - at
  5. Mike Post - at ARTISTdirect

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