The White House Plumbers soundtrack includes music by Tommy James & The Shondells, Candido and Frank Sinatra. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck’s HBO Max series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.
White House Plumbers stars Woody Harrelson as E. Howard Hunt, a former CIA agent who investigates government leaks during the early 70s. Justin Theroux co-stars as G. Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent who leads a burglary operation. The storyline chronicles the events that preceded the Watergate Scandal involving U.S. President Richard Nixon. Composer Jeff Cardoni (Silicon Valley) scored the HBO Max series; music supervisors Evyen Klean (Game of Thrones) and Jennifer Reeve (S.W.A.T.) handled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in White House Plumbers, an adaptation of Egil Krogh’s 2007 book Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House.
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White House Plumbers Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “The Beverly Hills Burglary”
- “Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Tommy James & The Shondells (00:18): The music plays during an interior scene. Howard jokes about “black bag.” The White House Plumbers soundtrack song continues during a transition sequence and plays again at 00:34.
- “The Best Is Yet to Come” by Cast (00:23): A plane sequence begins. Howard travels to Los Angeles with Gordon. He sings and plays a piano.
- “Thousand Finger Man” by Candido (00:34): Egil “Bud” Krogh (Rich Sommer) tells Howard and Gordon not to get caught. A Beverly Hills sequence begins. The music plays again at 00:46.
- “The Best Is Yet to Come” by Frank Sinatra (00:53): Howard and Gordon receive one million dollars for a government project. They hug and celebrate. The track scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.
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- “Hawaiian Flower” by Lionel Wendling (00:08): The White House Plumbers soundtrack song plays during an exterior scene. Howard and Gordon arrive at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. They enter the building with family members.
- “Rocky Mountain Way” by Joe Walsh (00:38): Dita (Kathleen Turner) receives a “stocking stuffer” from Howard. The music continues during a transition scene. Police officers arrive at Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Hospital.
- “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)” by The Hombres (00:45): The track scores the end credits.
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White House Plumbers Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Don’t Drink the Whiskey at the Watergate”
- “The Ballad of Frank Wills” by Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick (00:53): The police arrest Watergate burglars. The White House Plumbers soundtrack song scores the end credits.
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- “Small Things” by Steve Sidwell (00:21): The White House Plumbers soundtrack song accompanies an interior scene. Howard turns up the volume on his stereo. He talks to Dorothy about a plan.
- “All I Ever Need Is You” by Sonny & Cher (00:25): Fran drives a vehicle. Music plays from a speaker system. She talks to Gordon about the Watergate break-in.
- “05. Camelot” by Richard Burton, Alan Jay Lerner, Julie Andrews, Frederick Loewe (00:26): An interior scene begins. William O. Bittman (David Krumholtz) talks to Dorothy about a case. Howard turns up the volume on a speaker system.
- “Nixon Now” by Mike Curb Congregation (00:29): Howard and Dorothy talks about spreading around money. The White House Plumbers soundtrack song continues during a transition scene. A Richard Nixon montage begins.
- “Go On with Your Bad Self” by Eddie Kendricks (00:30): Dorothy wears and white dress and walks. She delivers payments during a montage sequence. Dorothy boards an airplane.
- “Sunshine (Go Away Today)” by Jonathan Edwards (00:32): The music plays during an exterior scene. Dorothy makes a phone call. Music plays from the family vehicle.
- “That’s Life” by James Brown (00:32): A car scene concludes. The White House Plumbers soundtrack song continues during a transition scene. Howard and Dorothy discuss their finances.
- “The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis Jr. (00:52): Howard prepares a meal. Music plays from a speaker system. The track scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.
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White House Plumbers airs weekly on HBO Max. New episodes premiere every Monday through May 29, 2023. This article about the White House Plumbers soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.
Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.
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