Smuggler's Blues
Featured in Episode
Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
12 (June 22, 1985, one week)
Year Released
The Allnighter
Glenn Frey & Jack Tempchin
RIAA Certification
Sequence song appears
(Smuggler's Blues) Crockett, Tubbs and Jimmy fly to and from Cartagena, Tubbs is caught by policia, and at end when Lt. Jones is pulled out of water
(A Bullet for Crockett) Flashback to above scene followed by a collage of snips from various episodes
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"Smuggler's Blues" is a song performed by Glenn Frey, recorded on his album The Allnighter in 1984. The song appeared in the Miami Vice episodes "Smuggler's Blues" and "A Bullet for Crockett".


  • "Smuggler's Blues" is one of ten songs that were reused in more than one episode of Miami Vice.
  • The song was the inspiration for the episode of the same name, to the point where several of the song's lyrics are used or paraphrased in dialogue. Glenn Frey actually guest starred in the episode as Jimmy, the smuggler pilot that flew Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs to and from Cartagena. When a sequel was proposed for the second season ("Trust Fund Pirates"), Frey was apparently unavailable and the story was rewritten, with Gary Cole playing another free-thinking smuggler who knew Jimmy; Jimmy was mentioned as having retired from smuggling.
  • The video for "Smuggler's Blues" won an 1985 MTV VMA for "Best Concept Video".
  • The acoustic version of the song played at the very end of the episode was recorded exclusively for the show and has not appeared on any album or as a single, making it one of the few Miami Vice songs never to see a release in any form outside of the show.
  • Frey would have two other songs appear on Miami Vice: "New Love" and "You Belong To The City".

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