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The Rockford Files

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Rockford Files, 1974-80, NBC
Starred James Garner as Jim Rockford, with Noah Beery as his father, ‘Rocky’.
Rockford had served 5 years in San Quentin Prison due to a wrongful conviction. He was cleared, & set himself up as a private detective. He barely earned enough to keep his dilapidated mobile home/office. His former prison cell mate, “Angel Martin, was a low-life grifter, always getting himself & Rockford - still good friends. into trouble. Every episode opened with a phone call going to his answering machine. We would hear his phone ring twice, then answer: “ greeting:This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and message. I'll get back to you. [Beep]” . Usually, the caller was not related to his business.

Austin, Blake Shelton, 2008

She left without leavin' a number
Said she needed to clear her mind
He figured she'd gone back to Austin
'Cause she talked about it all the time

(Pre-Magnum, Tom Selleck guest starred on Rockford Files with Jim Garner - hunk overload!)

It was almost a year before she called him up
Three rings and an answering machine is what she got
If your callin' 'bout the car I sold it
If this is Tuesday night I'm bowlin'
If you've got somethin' to sell your wastin' your time, I'm not buyin'
If it's anybody else wait for the tone you know what to do
And P.S. if this is Austin I still love you

The telephone fell to the counter
She heard but she couldn't believe
What kind of man would hang on that long
What kind of love that must be
She waited three days and then she tried again
She didn't know what she'd say
But she heard three rings and then

If it's Friday night I'm at the ball game
And first thing Saturday if it don't rain
I'm headed out to the lake and I'll be gone all weekend long
But I'll call you back when I get home on Sunday afternoon
And P.S. if this is Austin I still love you

Well this time she left her number
But not another word
When she waited by the phone on Sunday evening
And this is what he heard

If your callin' 'bout my heart it's still yours
I should have listened to it a little more
Then it wouldn't have taken me so long
To know where I belong
And by the way boy this is no machine your talkin' to
Can't you tell this is Austin and I still love you
I still love you


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