Vic Mizzy, the songwriter who wrote the catchy theme songs to "The Addams Family" and "Green Acres" television shows, has died. He was 93.
If you had asked me who wrote the theme songs to "The Addams Family" and "Green Acres" before tonight, I wouldn't have remembered. I probably haven't seen either show for at least 25 years. But if you asked me for the lyrics to either theme, I could rattle them off. I imagine that's true for almost everyone who is between 40-60.
What an incredible mark to leave on a generation.
Those were two great theme songs. "The Addams Family" only aired for a couple of seasons, and I wasn't old enough to appreciate it when it originally ran. But sooner or later pretty much every show made from the late 1950s through the 1960s that had more than 50 episodes wound up in heavy rotation in syndication. Those theme songs ultimately made an impression on a huge percentage of the population.
You can read a brief biography on Mizzy, including how he wound up recording the vocals to "The Addams Family" himself because Filmways "opted not to pay for singers."