The Ventures placed 14 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart on their way to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. “Hawaii Five-O” was their13th and second biggest.
Before the days of cable, people had to be content to watch the basic networks. There were alot less options and millions of people turned in to watch HAWAII FIVE-O each week. The first thing they heard was the theme song.
It was a different song than The Ventures usually produced. It had heavy drums and brass leading off the song. It was catchy, memorable, and was an instant radio favorite.
“Hawaii Five-O” was released March 8, 1969 and reached number four on The American singles charts.