The other day, I placed a YouTube video of Dave Brubeck’s music to connect with the jazz master’s passing. Then, I put The Addams Family TV show theme song on my blog’s You Tube link.
Music from my youth. And it got me thinking. Where did most of the tunes with which I identified when I was a kid come from? Why, television, and movies, of course!
I always read TV credits as a kid. Hell, I still read them (and movie credits) now. Helps me to identify actors, directors, technical folks and music I like from the show. Or perhaps dislike.
I remember Frank DeVol. He did music for TV and the movies from the 40s into the 80s. Richard Diamond, My Three Sons, The Brady Bunch, even taking time out to conduct the orchestra for The Dirty Dozen! And many other works.
Then, there was Vic Mizzy. The poor man’s Frank DeVol. From the 60s to the 80s. Highlights include The Addams Family, Green Acres, The Munster’s Revenge, and even Quincy, M.E.
And Henry Mancini. Where do I start? Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky. Hatari!
John Barry. James Bond movies.
Bernard Hermann. Hitchcock. Psycho. Vertigo.
I just can’t get into the truncated theme songs of today, with their rap/hip-hop motifs. If there even IS a theme song? Guess they’re just too expensive to produce.
Guess I’m old…