Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Whistling A Legacy

If you can whistle the theme to The Andy Griffith Show or bop along to jazzy swing of the Dick Van Dyke theme then you have Earle Hagen to thank. Hagen was one of the most prolific composers for TV themes and scores in 1960s and 70s. He passed away yesterday at 88.

About his prolific career and love for composing, Hagen said, " I was addicted to the ultimate narcosis in music, which is the rush you get when you give a downbeat and wonderful players breathe life into the notes you have put on paper."

Sweeter words were never spoken. Here's to you in Mr. Hagen.

And a one, and a two: