Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vic Mizzy

Victor Mizzy was an American composer for television and movies whose best known works are the themes to the 1960s television shows Green Acres and The Addams Family.

He also wrote the scores for The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and The Reluctant Astronaut, two very popular Don Knotts films in the latter half of the 1960s. Both scores possessed a sound which became billed as "The Don Knotts Sound". Mizzy released these scores on CD, complementing the DVD releases of the films. He also worked with Sam Raimi for the outtake music of Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.

Mizzy was born in Brooklyn, New York. He had two children with his first wife, Mary Small, a singer who first earned the moniker "The Little Girl With The Big Voice" and was popular in the 1930s (as a child), 1940s and 1950s. One of her daughters, Patty Keeler, a singer and songwriter, often worked with Doc Pomus, a 1992 inductee to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

Mizzy died at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California on October 17, 2009, aged 93

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