Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TV Theme Songwriter Vic Mizzy Dies At 93

Mizzy (above center) with Green Acres stars Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor

Vic Mizzy, the songwriter who earned a spot in the Pop Culture Hall of Fame by penning two of the more memorable theme songs in TV history (The Addams Family and Green Acres), died Monday at the age of 93. In addition to those tunes, Mizzy also composed the themes to such lesser known TV series as The Double Life of Henry Phyfe and The Temperature's Rising as well as music for several Don Knotts films (including The Ghost & Mr. Chicken, The Reluctant Astronaut, and The Shakiest Gun in the West). In honor of Mizzy's work, he gets...

Two chest beats

and some finger snaps too!

Below are the opening themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family:


X. Dell said...

Nobody thinks of such things as jingles and TV themes as pop music, but in essence they are. People like Vic Mizzy were never famous, but their work is.

Malcolm said...

X. Dell: Sadly, I think that both jingles and TV themes are becoming a lost art. I can't even recall the last good jingle I've heard. Companies are content to plunk down money for a popular song instead of having a writer come up with something new.

I wonder if guys like Vic Mizzy ever realized the impact they had on pop culture.

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