EXPIRED: 10/17/09 – Vic Mizzy, 93, was neither creepy, kooky, mysterious or spooky. But he probably was a little bit ooky. You had to be to write a song like the theme for the Addams Family TV hit of the 1960’s.
Mizzy didn’t start out aiming to write about a family of ghouls. He began a legit songwriting career penning ditties for Dean Martin, Doris Day, Perry Como and Billie Holiday. But numbers like “With a Hey and a Hi and a Ho-Ho-Ho” left little lasting impression.
So when TV came calling, he was ready. For the Addams Family theme, the producers refused to pay for singers, so Mizzy sang it himself, overdubbing his voice 3 times to give the impression of multiple vocalists. He also directed the title sequence asking the actors to snap their fingers and act utterly bored.
Next came the theme for Green Acres for CBS, along with writing cues for Mr. Ed, F Troop, Petticoat Junction and the Don Knotts classic film, The Shakiest Gun in the West.
Neat. Sweet. Petite.