The opening title theme for "Nothing in Los Angeles" was written specifically for the film. I had listened to a lot of Henry Mancini and Jackie Gleason and was inspired by the lush string arrangements both composers used.. I thought these composers were strictly emblematic of Los Angeles and the sound of LA in the 1950s. This was definitely West Coast music as opposed to the sophisticated East Coast sounds from Gershwin or Bernstein. I love West Coast jazz and fell in love with artists such as Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck, and Gerald Wilson.
This piece in particular pays homage to "Living in Los Angeles." It's played by the Jackie Gleason orchestra, written in 1916 by John Raymond Hubbell, entitled, "Poor Butterfly".