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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Film/TV composer Vic Mizzy dead at 93

Vic Mizzy, the composer behind the well-known "Addams Family" and "Green Acres" TV show theme songs, has died at his Bel-Air home.

Mizzy, who began composing with Irving Taylor after his Naval service during World War II, wrote a slew of other television jingles and popular songs throughout his career, rising to prominence for his forward thinking in the areas of tonal color and instrumentation, choosing oft-overlooked instruments that tied into the theme of the show for which he was composing - choices that gave him what he saw as instant and no-brainer success.

"I sat down; I went "buh-buh-buh-bump [snap-snap], buh-buh-buh-bump," he said in a 2008 interview with CBS. "That's why I'm living in Bel-Air: Two finger snaps and you live in Bel-Air."

Mizzy was 93 and is survived by his daughter, brother and numerous grandchildren.

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