The Rockford Files is an American detective drama television series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, January 10, 1980, has remained in syndication to the present day. Garner portrays Los Angeles–based private investigator Jim Rockford, with Noah Beery Jr. in the supporting role of his father, Joseph Rockford, a retired truck driver nicknamed "Rocky". The show was created by Stephen J. Cannell. Huggins created the television show Maverick, which starred Garner, he wanted to recapture that magic in a "modern day" detective setting, he teamed with Cannell, who had written for Jack Webb's Mark VII Productions such as Adam-12 and Chase, to create The Rockford Files. The show was credited as "A Public Arts/Roy Huggins Production" along with Cherokee Productions in association with Universal Television. Cherokee was owned by Garner, with partners Meta Rosenberg and Juanita Bartlett, who doubled as story editor during most of The Rockford Files run. In 2002, The Rockford Files was ranked No. 39 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
Producers Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell devised the Rockford character as a rather significant departure from typical television detectives of the time Bret Maverick as a modern detective. Rockford had served time in California's San Quentin Prison in the 1960s due to a wrongful conviction. After five years, he was pardoned, his infrequent jobs as a private investigator allow him to maintain his dilapidated mobile home in a parking lot on a Malibu, California beach. In early episodes of the first season, Rockford's trailer is located in a parking lot alongside the highway at 2354 Beach Boulevard and near the ocean. In the television movies from 1994 to 1999, Rockford is still living and working at the same Paradise Cove location, but in a much newer trailer, extensively enlarged and remodeled. In contrast to most television private eyes, Rockford wears low-budget "off the rack" clothing and does his best to avoid fights—although he will engage in fistfights when there's no other option.
He carries his Colt Detective Special revolver, for which he has no permit, preferring to talk his way out of trouble. He works on cold cases, missing persons investigations, low-budget insurance scams, states that he does not handle "open cases" to avoid trouble with the police, he has been a P. I. since 1968, his usual fee is $200 per day plus expenses. Listed in the opening credits: James Garner as Jim Rockford Noah Beery Jr. as Joseph "Rocky" Rockford, Jim's father, a retired truck driver. Joe Santos as Sergeant Dennis Becker, Jim's friend on the Los Angeles Police Department. Recurring cast: Stuart Margolin as Evelyn "Angel" Martin, Jim's former prison friend. Angel is an untrustworthy, pathologically lying con artist whose schemes get Jim in trouble, yet Jim remains his friend. Gretchen Corbett as Elizabeth "Beth" Davenport, Jim's lawyer and sometime girlfriend. James Luisi as Lieutenant Douglas J. "Doug" Chapman, Becker's superior officer. He and Jim despise each other. Tom Atkins as Lieutenant Alex/Thomas Diehl, Becker's superior officer who has an antagonistic relationship with Rockford.
Seen in multiple episodes: Pat Finley as Peggy Becker, Sergeant Becker's wife Isaac Hayes as Gandolph "Gandy" Fitch, a brutal, violent acquaintance of Rockford from his prison days. He always calls Jim "Rockfish". Jim helps prove; the two become friendly. In episodes Fitch tags along with an unscrupulous investigator Marcus Hayes trying to cash in on one of Rockford's cases. Jim remains on good terms with Fitch, towards whom he seems to display an naive blind spot despite Fitch's refusal to take Jim's "no" for an answer, his lack of compunction about using violence, including on a recalcitrant Jim himself. Bo Hopkins as John "Coop" Cooper, Jim's disbarred attorney friend. Tom Selleck as Lance White, a successful private investigator with an uncynical approach to the business. Liked and admired by everyone but Jim, who considers him naive and lucky and to cause others to get hurt. Dennis Dugan as Richie Brockelman, a young and naive private investigator who seeks Jim's help from time to time. Bereft of Jim's cynicism and physical toughness, Richie was a sharp operator who used his outwardly trusting'gee whiz' persona to mask his dogged cleverness.
This character was spun off for Private Eye. Kathryn Harrold as Dr. Megan Dougherty, a blind psychiatrist who hires Jim, their relationship blossoms into a romance. Jim is upset in a episode to learn that she has become engaged to another man. Simon Oakland as Vern St. Cloud, a blustery and untrustworthy fellow private investigator. St. Cloud and Rockford grudgingly accept each other's assistance from time to time, trading insults along the way (Oakland appeared in a s
The Sun Also Rises were a Welsh, Cardiff-based folk duo, comprising Graham Hemingway and Anne Hemingway who performed in the late 1960s/early 1970s. They were named after the novel by Ernest Hemingway as a comical reference to their shared name; the Hemingways were married in 1968 and impulsively began performing together playing traditional songs and covers in the venues of Cardiff. Anne's only experience of publicly singing before forming the band was in a school choir. Graham's guitar technique brought together classical playing with self-taught flamenco accents, their style has been described as "mystical" and "acid-folk", their self-penned compositions being about a fantasy world of mythological beings such as fairies and dragons. They have been compared with Tir-na-Nog, they toured extensively but recorded only one self-titled album, on The Village Thing label in 1970, produced by Ian A. Anderson, which has become sought-after as a collectors' item; the album featured supporting musicians John Turner, Andy Leggett, both of the Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra.
The album was re-released in 2007 as a CD on the Saydisc label
Charles Williams Higgins was an American saxophonist. Higgins relocated from his birthplace of Gary, Indiana to Los Angeles in his teens, where he played trumpet and went to school at the Los Angeles Conservatory. Switching to saxophone, he penned the single "Pachuko Hop", which became popular among American Latinos on the West Coast; the "Pachuko Hop" single's B-side, "Motorhead Baby", was the inspiration for the nickname of musician Motorhead Sherwood, who played with Frank Zappa. The song "Pachuko Hop" is referenced in the lyrics to the songs "Jelly Roll Gum Drop" on Zappa's album Cruising with Ruben & the Jets and "Debra Kadabra" by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart on their collaborative album Bongo Fury. Zappa listed Chuck Higgins as a reference in his influence list accompanying his album Freak Out!. The 1955 single, "Wetback Hop", became the subject of controversy because of the use of the derogatory term for Mexicans in the title, it was an attempt to associate the listener with the earlier success of "Pachuko Hop", which refers to Mexican zoot suiters of the 1940s.
The song appears on the 1996 Rocket Sixty-Nine release Jump Shot!. Higgin's Orchestra performed at the famed twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, produced by Leon Hefflin, Sr. on September 2, 1956. Performing that day were Dinah Washington, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Little Richard, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Pc. Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra. Higgins played as a sideman with Charlie Parker and The Orioles, among others, Johnny "Guitar" Watson played in Higgins's band for a short time, he recorded for Aladdin Records, Caddy Records, Lucky Records, Specialty Records, Dootone Records, achieving regional success into the 1960s. In the middle of the 1960s he left active performance to become a teacher, though in the 1970s he recorded a few songs in the disco style; that decade and into the 1980s he returned to 1950s-style R&B, touring California clubs as well as England. Some of Higgins's back catalogue was released on reissue labels in the 2000s.
Higgins died of lung cancer in 1999 in California. More info about Higgins Discography