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On This Day – January 9

Today we look at a film composer who composed one of the most well known TV theme tunes. They’re creepy, they’re kooky, he’s Victor Mizzy, born on this day in 1922.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he composed works for television and movies. His best known themes are to the 1960’s TV shows Green Acres and The Addams Family. He also wrote the scores for two Don Knotts films, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and The Reluctant Astronaut. These soundtracks possessed a sound that would become known as “The Don Knotts Sound.”

Mizzy had two children from his first wife, Mary Small (“The Little Girl with the Big Voice”). One of his daughters, Patty Keeler, a songwriter, worked with Doc Pomus, and was a gifted singer.

Here we have the Addams Family Theme song, from the original 1964 version, including the Crest Toothpaste sponsor.

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