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Finding Aid for the Vic Mizzy Film and Television Music Collection Approximately 1963-2004
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The collection consists of Vic Mizzy musical scores written for television shows, most notably the Addams Family and Green Acres. Also, scores for three feature films, and two television movies. Six CD sound recordings are in the collection, including the New Spiderman Theme written for the DVD release of the film Spiderman 2. The collection is in the midst of being processed and the finding aid will be updated periodically.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922, Vic Mizzy is a composer of popular music for television and movies. Two of his most memorable and enduring compositions are the themes for the 1960's CBS television shows The Addams Family and Green Acres. Mizzy's musical education began at the age of four, when he learned to play George Gershwin tunes on a player piano. At 14, he joined with his childhood friend Irving Taylor to write songs and lyrics, eventually winning the Fred Allen Collegiate Amateur Hour contest. Mizzy and Taylor joined the Navy in World War II, but still managed to write hit songs such as Three Little Sisters during the war years. By the early 1960's, Mizzy was living and working in Hollywood, writing for the Richard Boone Show and Kentucky Jones, before being asked to score The Addams Family. The theme for Green Acres followed, along with scores for film and television movies. A Southern California resident, Mizzy's current work includes the CD Songs For The Jogging Crowd (2003), as well as 2004's New Spiderman Theme, written for the DVD release of the film Spiderman 2.
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