Vic Mizzy R.I.P.

Posted: October 21, 2009 in The Roper Files
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Musical genius Vic Mizzy passed away in his Bel Air home Saturday. A composer for many years he wrote songs recorded by Louis Prima, Perry Como, Billie Holiday and Dean Martin.

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But it is probably his sixty second theme song for The Addams Family TV show that he is most famous and reportedly he was comfortable with it. In terms of familiarity his theme song for Green Acres is probably a close second. fa1e228348a0cc780ef87110_LI loved Don Knotts’ movies when I was a child and Vic Mizzys soundtracks for those films is one of the things I remember best about them. He played many instruments although he wrote the majority of his compositions on a harpsichord and to this day The Addams Family is one of the very few if not the only TV show theme song to feature a harpsichord.

He also loved playing the organ and this is never more apparent than the unforgettable pipe organ soundtrack he composed for The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. He was also using heavily distorted guitar years before it was “cool” in his soundtracks. So I am dressed in black and my hat is off.

Goodbye Vic; you were a one-of-a-kind and you will be missed.

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