Perry made music history in 1973 when a cue from a film he’d scored, two years earlier, became the theme song for one of the longest running (50 years) TV series’, still in production, today
He then won a Grammy for the same song, four years later for a single he and his co-writer, Barry DeVorzon, recorded and released after the same piece of music was used in a montage of videos for an Olympic athlete, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, drawing worldwide attention to it, this time
The same song was sampled by a multi-platinum-selling artist for the title song of her album, which was released three times: on the first release of the album, produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, on the second re-packaged release, remixed by Puff Daddy, and on a collection album, the following year, remixed by Thunderpuss
He wrote, arranged and conducted on an album, in 1972, for which he hired many of the Wrecking Crew musicians, a track from which is now being credited with the birth of Hip-Hop and was the subject 2012 documentary, "SampleThis!"
One of his compositions from that same album was featured in the Sony Pictures 2017 hit movie, “Baby Driver”