Emmy-winning composer Earle Hagen dies

Music News | May 28th, 2008

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Hollywood Reporter: Earle Hagen, Emmy-winning composer of some of the most memorable musical themes in TV history and the man heard whistling the theme song of “The Andy Griffith Show,” died Monday of natural causes at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 88.

In addition to writing the folksy “Andy Griffith” tune, Hagen penned the themes for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Danny Thomas Show,” “I Spy,” “That Girl,” “The Mod Squad” and “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer,” many for famed TV director Sheldon Leonard.

Hagen composed original music for more than 3,000 episodes during his TV career, which spanned more than three decades.

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