The featured music this month on Radio Soundsfamiliar comes from the 1970’s Television series ‘The Protectors’.

First broadcast between 1972 and 1973, and ran to 52 episodes over two series, each 25 minutes long .

It starred Robert Vaughn (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Harry Rule, Nyree Dawn Porter (The Forsyte Saga) as the Contessa Caroline di Contini.

The series was created by Gerry Anderson, which was his first real departure into live action, up until then he had been responsible for classics like Thunderbirds, Stingray, Fireball XL5 to name just a few.

The incidental music is a combination of Jazz, disco, funk, blues, lounge core, as well as country. The music style encapsulates the essence of the 1970’s. The theme tune for the series was a hit for singer Tony Christie called ‘Avenues and Alleyways’. He had recently had hits with  Las Vegas’, ‘I did what I did for Maria’ and ‘Is this the way to Amarillo’.

The song avenues and alleyways this was written by the authors of his previous hits, composer Mitch Murray with lyricist Peter Callander. The soundtrack music for the series was composed by John Cameron which comprises a wide range of incidental pieces for the various different situations and characters.