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Vic Mizzy, Composer Of Themes For 'Addams Family' & 'Green Acres' Has Died

Maybe you didn't know his name. But if you watched TV in the '60s (or countless reruns since then) you know his songs.

Vic Mizzy, who came up with the theme songs for The Addams Family and Green Acres died Saturday at his home in Bel Air, Calif. He was 93.

As the Associated Press says:

His most famous work was the theme to The Addams Family, a tune accented by finger snaps and opening with the cleverly quirky lyrics: "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ooky: The Addams family."

Mizzy sang the song himself and overdubbed it three times to give the impression of multiple vocalists. He also directed the title sequence where he asked actors who played members of the Addams family to snap their fingers in a bored way.

The enduring tune is often heard during sports game to rally the home team.

And here, in Mr. Mizzy's honor:

Feel free to snap along.

(Personally, perhaps because I grew up in the country, this blogger has a soft spot for the Green Acres theme. "Land spreadin' out so far and wide! Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.)