Friday, March 09, 2012

5 Musical Guests as Themselves in Crime Stories

1. Neil Diamond on Mannix
"The Many Deaths of Saint Christopher" (10/7/67)
Tough guy private eye Joe Mannix (Mike Connors) follows a lady into a club and gets into a sock on the jaw. While Mannix is lying dazed, the artist onstage—Neil Diamond, interrupted during a performance of "Raisin' Cain"—asks, "Hey, man, do you mind if I finish the set myself?" (Other musical appearances on Mannix included Buffalo Springfield and The Peppermint Trolley Company.)

Video: Neil Diamond On Mannix

2. The 5th Dimension on It Takes A Thief
"To Sing a Song of Murder" (2/23/70)
The members of The 5th Dimension appeared as special guests in a third season episode of It Takes a Thief, where Marilyn McCoo is forced to add three certain notes to a recording of “One Less Bell To Answer,” which will trigger a bomb. The episode also included "Puppet Man." I couldn't find the appropriate clips from It Takes a Thief, but here are the songs below:

Video: "Puppet Man" by the 5th Dimension on The Muppet Show

Video: "One Less Bell to Answer" featuring Marilyn McCoo on The Andy Williams Show

3. Tito Puente on The Simpsons
"Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)" (5/21/95)
"Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" (9/17/95)
The sixth season of The Simpsons ended with a cliffhanger: Mr. Burns had been shot, and the list of suspects included everyone in Springfield—plus mambo king Tito Puente. In the seventh season premiere, which played like a whodunit, it came to light that Puente vowed revenge on Burns. However, Puente considered the best revenge is to "set his soul afire with a slanderous mambo." And here it is:

Video: "SeƱor Burns" by Tito Puente on The Simpsons

4. Martina McBride on Early Edition
"Play It Again Sammo" (5/8/99)
The show Early Edition starred Kyle Chandler as Gary Hobson, a man who gets his newspaper a day early—and, thus, is able to help people avoid catastrophe. In this crossover episode, Marshal Law's Sammo Law (Sammo Hung) helped Gary recover a priceless Chinese helmet, and protect a thief and his niece from being murdered. Along the way, Gary rescued country star Martina McBride from certain injury.

Video: "Wild Angel" by Martina McBride on Early Edition

5. Snoop Dogg on Monk
"Mr. Monk and the Rapper" (7/20/07)
In this episode, OCD detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is hired by a rapper (played by Snoop Dogg) to prove he didn't murder his rival. The show's trademark "summation" scene takes place onstage—when the crowd tries shouting down Monk, the rapper steps up to reveal the summation in his own way. The episode also included Snoop Dogg performing the opening theme.

Video: "Man, You Got Set Up" by Snoop Dogg and Tony Shalhoub on Monk

Video: "It's a Jungle out There" by Snoop Dogg on Monk

Related links:
Mystery TV Themes: MONK
Opening Theme: IT TAKES A THIEF
Mystery TV Themes: MANNIX

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