Tuesday, October 20, 2009

‘Green Acres’ Theme Tough To Nail

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The mastermind behind the Green Acres and Addams Family theme songs put a lot of work into the iconic tunes.

Legendary songwriter Vic Mizzy recently passed away, but over the years he shared trivia with FlashNews about his famous ditties.

For example, Mizzy wrote the Green Acres song’s ending – where series star Eddie Albert bangs the pitchfork into the ground – first.

Writing it was easy, but recording it posed challenges because, in his words, “I had to teach Eddie how to yodel the line, ‘Far-harm living is the life for me.’”

Mizzy also taught Eva Gabor her part but since she wasn’t much of a singer, she “only actually sang on the last two notes.”

As for the Addams Family theme, Mizzy said that it was so popular among youngsters, it was replacing nursery rhymes in schools.

However, he did admit many kids sing “off-color” lyrics to his theme like: The Addams Family Started/When Uncle Fester farted.

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