Skip to content

Vic Mizzy Dies: Wrote The Addams Family Theme

They’re creepy and they’re cookie, mysterious and spooky…” Click click. Brooklyn bornVic Mizzy once said “That’s why I’m living in Bel Aire. Two finger snaps and you’re living in Bel Aire”. Vic Mizzy, composer on The Addams Family Theme died on Saturday at the age of ninety-three.

This overview of his career his off his website:

“Shortly after, David Levy, now in California, invited Mizzy to score THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Filmways opted not to pay for singers on the show’s Main Title, so Mizzy sang it while overdubbing himself three times to give the impression of multiple vocalists. Next came GREEN ACRES for CBS which he scored for seven seasons, along with writing cues for MR. ED, PETTICOAT JUNCTION and many others.

“More luck arrived with Stanley Shapiro, the most successful producer and writer at Universal Studios, who literally bumped heads with Mizzy at the Beverly Hills Hotel swimming pool! One splash led to another as Shapiro arranged a meeting with Joe Gershenson, head of music at Universal. Gershenson immediately gave Mizzy the assignment to score THE NIGHT WALKER directed by William Castle and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor. Based on this score alone, Lew Wasserman, then-head of the studio told Gershenson to use Mizzy as much as possible. The request lead to many of Universal’s most memorable scores, including THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN, THE RELUCTANT ASTRONAUT, THE SHAKIEST GUN IN THE WEST, THE LOVE GOD, HOW TO FRAME A FIGG–all starring Don Knotts, and others. The producer of these films, Ed Montagne, became Mizzy’s friend and mentor on many of his other productions, including QUINCY, DELTA HOUSE and numerous movies-of-the-week.

“At MGM, Mizzy composed the scores for DON’T MAKE WAVES and EASY TO LOVE, and while at Paramount, he scored THE CAPER OF THE GOLDEN BULLS, THE BUSY BODY and THE SPIRIT IS WILLING. More TV followed, including THE DON RICKLES SHOW, THE DOUBLE LIFE OF HENRY PHYFFE starring Red Buttons, THE PRUITTS OF SOUTHAMPTON with Phyllis Diller, as well as DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE TRAVELING SALESLADY? Years later, renewed interest in Mizzy’s work lead to the CD release of VIC MIZZY – SUITES & THEMES, a compilation of the composer’s film and TV themes, followed by other releases including the complete scores to THE NIGHT WALKER, THE CAPER OF THE GOLDEN BULLS with THE PERILS OF PAULINE, and THE BUSY BODY with THE SPIRIT IS WILLING.”

That’s some career Vic had -a gifted composer of perfect jingles and light hearted soundtracks. Sorry he had to die before I tipped my hat. I wonder if the guy who wrote the Bonanza theme is still kicking…

Leave a Comment


Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at

The Daisy Jopling Band To Perform “Who’s Who” At The Transfiguration Church In Tarrytown, NY Sunday May 12th, 2024 7 PM ET

By admin | May 9, 2024 |

The Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, New York Presents “Who’s Who”, original violin arrangements of iconic songs by The Who performed by the Daisy Jopling Band featuring the Sleepy Hollow High School Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. Location: Transfiguration Church 268 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States Tickets are $25 and can be…

Cyborg Drummer/DJ DRMAGDN Headlining Montauk Music Fest

By admin | April 9, 2024 |

Major Label BMG Records Artist & Producer DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer / DJ will be making his Montauk Music Fest debut this year in May. DRMAGDN will be the Official Host & MC of The Montauk Music Fest plus play headlining sets on Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18 from 10pm-12am at Gurney’s Montauk Resort (290 Old…

RED CARPET EVENT @ Chelsea Table & Stage 4/12/24 Featuring THE AMERICAN RELICS & DRMAGDN

By admin | March 25, 2024 |

On Friday April 12th, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm ET  there will be a Red Carpet event pre-show sponsored by Tribeca Records at the trendy nightspot Chelsea Table and Stage located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 west 26th street (inside the Hilton Fashion Hotel) in NYC. The Red Carpet will be followed by…

Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman Live at Chelsea T&S “2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” 03/16/24 and Record Release in NYC

By admin | March 17, 2024 |

There was an infinite vitality of velvet green flowing deliciously through the air as Composer Randy Edelman presented his 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at the trendy new nightspot Chelsea Table & Stage in the heart of NYC on March 16, 2024….. a vivacious close to the spirited Irish Parade. His music is the…

DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer/DJ Debuts @ Chelsea T&S With Retro 80’s Party & Red Carpet Event 4/12/24

By admin | February 29, 2024 |

BMG recording artist, producer and World renowned, Global Touring Electrifying Powerhouse, DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer and DJ will make his debut at the popular, trendy night spot Chelsea Table & Stage (located at 152 west 26th street inside the Hilton Hotel) on  Friday April 12, 2024 @ 9:00PM. DRMAGDN will be celebrating his high energy brand of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)…

Going Steady: New Singles 2-23-24- 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

dance pop, gooey confection

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 2-16-24 – 2-22-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

75K EAUs is abysmal

Our Friend Tony Orlando’s Farewell Tour

By admin | February 25, 2024 |

“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”

Sneak Peaks: New Album releases 3-1-24 – 3-7-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

contenders for the best punk rock around

Child Bite, Lamb Of God, Pantera At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal

Scroll To Top