Friday, May 30, 2008

Andy Griffith Show Whistler Dies

Many of us grew up with this guy's melodies stuck in our heads!

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Earle H. Hagen, who co-wrote the jazz classic "Harlem Nocturne" and composed memorable themes for "The Andy Griffith Show," "I Spy," "The Mod Squad" and other TV shows, has died. He was 88.

Hagen, who is heard whistling the folksy tune for "The Andy Griffith Show," died Monday night at his home in Rancho Mirage, his wife, Laura, said Tuesday. He had been in ill health for several months.
...His 2002 autobiography was titled "Memoirs of a Famous Composer - Nobody Ever Heard Of.
A partial list of his show themes:
The Andy Griffith Show
That Girl
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
I Spy
Make Room For Daddy
Mod Squad
Mike Hammer (Harlem Nocturne)

Cross posted at Say Anything
Note: The video I linked to originally was taken down. I replaced it with a short rendition of the show's theme.

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