Thursday, March 3, 2005

‘Green Acres’ Theme Means Green Money For Songwriter

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Green Acres celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and the show’s theme is still cranking out acres of green money for its composer.

Vic Mizzy says the song has taken on a life of its own and is happy that he gets royalty checks every time the song is played at a sporting event.

Amazingly, Mizzy wrote the song’s ending – where series star Eddie Albert bangs the pitchfork on the ground – first.

He says it was fairly easy to write but that recording the song posed challenges because, as he puts it, “I had to teach Eddie how to yodel the line, ‘Far-harm living is the life for me.”’

Teaching Eva Gabor her lines wasn’t easy either. Mizzy says she wasn’t a singer so he had to tell her to “ the lines like she was a snob. She only actually sang on the last two notes.”

Mizzy will have a chance to rake in even more green from Green Acres because a DVD collection of the sitcom’s second season hits stores on Tuesday (March 8).

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