Like many people, I would walk home from school singing daft theme tunes from television. The writer of two of these, the “Addams Family” theme and “Green Acres”, has just died in Los Angeles at the age of 93. Vic Mizzy was the master of silly but catchy tunes, and was kept busy well into his 80s, as he wrote the soundtrack for Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2” and many other shows.
The New York Times obit sums up his career well: “‘None of his output, however, could overshadow those snapping fingers in The Addams Family. And that was fine with Mr. Mizzy. ‘That’s why I’m living in Bel Air,’ he said last year on the CBS program Sunday Morning. ‘Two finger snaps and you live in Bel Air.’”