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Addams Family Theme Writer Vic Mizzy Dies

7 November 2009 7:41 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Composer Vic Mizzy wrote the classic theme songs for the 1960s television comedy series The Addams Family and Green Acres. His best known work commenced with a “buh-buh-buh-bump” – two finger snaps – another “buh-buh-buh-bump”, and the opening verse “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky – the Addams family.” Mizzy sang, overdubbing his voice three times, and played the harpsichord himself for the theme. He also directed the title sequence where the actors who played the Addams clan where instructed to snap their fingers in a bored fashion. He also retained the publishing rights to the theme, which remained profitable throughout his life.

Mizzy was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 9, 1916, and began playing musical instruments as a child. He began writing songs after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mizzy began working in television in the late 1950s, scoring »

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R.I.P. Composer Vic Mizzy

19 October 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Various outlets are reporting the loss of film and television composer Vic Mizzy. He was 93. The Brooklyn born Mizzy was responsible for the theme to The Addams Family as well as Green Acres . He also delivered a bouncy soundtrack to the Don Knotts supernatural comedy The Ghost and Mr. Chicken . In '64 he did the score to William Castle's The Night Walker . The two reunited three years later for The Busy Body . He is survived by a daughter, a brother and two grandchildren. For a full look at his work, follow this link ! »

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