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Streetwise
Featured in Episode
Artist(s)
Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
Did Not Chart
Year Released
1986
Album
NONE
Writer(s)
Curly Smith, Charles Sandford, Dickey Betts, Mark Leonard, Don Johnson
RIAA Certification
NONE
Sequence song appears
Opening in Miami streets and closing at bar
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"Streetwise" is a song performed by Don Johnson, recorded exclusively for Miami Vice in 1986. The song appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Streetwise".

NotesEdit

  • The song has never been released on any album, although it was issued as a B-side on the 12" version of Don Johnson's "Heartache Away" single. It is not definitely known 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 probable.
  • 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" is one of three songs ("Smuggler's Blues" and "Little Miss Dangerous" are the others) that shares the title with an episode title.