Sanford And Son Theme Song

Quincy Jones was skeptical of Sanford and Son, because he had worked with Foxx decades earlier in shows, and recalled not one word out of the comedian's mouth being appropriate for NBC. "I just wrote what he looked like," Jones said about his composition "The Streetbeater," the series' theme song. "It sounds just like him, doesn't it?"

This is the theme song for the Red Foxx starring 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son. Quincy Jones penned the tune and the multi-Grammy winning producer recalled in a 2010 interview with Billboard magazine how he became involved with writing this show's music and his concerns about the casting of Foxx, who had a reputation as an extremely explicit comedian at that point in time.

Said Jones: "Bud Yorkin came over my house around 1970 and he said we just bought the rights of a show from England called Steptoe and Son. Sanford and Son was taken from the English TV show. He said, 'I'd like you to write the theme for it.' I said, 'who's in it?' And he said Redd Foxx. I said, 'man, you can't put Redd Foxx on national TV [laughs]. I had worked with Redd Foxx 30 years before that at the Apollo. We used to do the Chitlin Circuit. I used to write this music for him to come out with. Yorkin said, 'No, it's gonna be a great great show. And it was.

Foxx took his sense of humor and took it all the way to the top. I wrote that song in about 20 minutes too. We had four musicians, Recorded it in about 20 minutes. It's amazing. Looking back, it's a trip."


Listen to Quincy Jones Street Beater (Sanford and Son Theme Song) or (right click and save as).    Brings back memories of a simpler time in life. No cell phones and no internet. It was more personal then. Its much less personal now. People now act as if they can't live without a cell phone. People talk less because they text. People talk more on cell phone than they do in person.

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