The popularity of the TV show M Squad, prompted the release of a soundtrack that was so popular in its day, producer/star Lee Marvin actually did a voiceover annoucement at the end of some episodes informing viewers that the album had sold out but more will be forthcoming. The cover (seen below) was part of the album’s appeal….
When liner notes were needed for the album, the show’s co-producer, under the banner of his company Latimer Productions, could think of nobody better to write them than the gentleman below. Click to enlarge…..
It only made sense for Marvin to write about the show’s cool, jazzy score since he himself was a major jazz & blues fan, as recounted in fascinating anecdotes throughout the text of Lee Marvin Point Blank. In fact, a few years, after the show went off the air he told a humorous anecdote on The Merv Griffin Show concerning the composition of the main theme. He was at a Jazz club in Chicago to hear Count Basie play and after the set, Marvin invited Basie to his table for a drink. When Marvin proceeded to thank Basie for composing the theme to M Squad, Basie told him, “I was playing golf that weekend. It was written by one of the boys in my band.” Marvin bought Basie a drink…anyway.