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Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
Did Not Chart
Year Released
Curly Smith, Charles Sandford, Dickey Betts, Mark Leonard, Don Johnson
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Sequence song appears
Opening in Miami streets and closing at bar
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"Streetwise" is a song performed by Don Johnson, recorded in 1986. The song appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Streetwise".


  • The song has not appeared on any Don Johnson album; it was only released as a B-side on the 12" version of Johnson's "Heartache Away" single. It is not clear whether the song was recorded exclusively for Miami Vice, although given that it shares it's title with the episode of the same name, coupled with the fact Olivia Brown (Trudy) provides the spoken word segments and performs these lines "live" in the episode in which the song is used, it seems highly likely.
  • Whoopi Goldberg sings backing vocals on the song, while Stevie Ray Vaughn plays lead guitar.
  • One of the co-writers was Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band. In 1979 Johnson wrote two songs for Betts' band's album "Enlightened Rogues".
  • Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas both released albums during Miami Vice's run, but Johnson's was the most successful, reaching the Billboard Top 20 on the album chart and a Top 5 single, "Heartbeat".
  • "Streetwise" was one of three songs ("Smuggler's Blues" and "Little Miss Dangerous" are the others) that shares the title with an episode title.