Vic Mizzy, a songwriter who composed the catchy themes for the 1960s sit-coms “The Addams Family” and “Green Acres,” has died at age 93.
Mizzy died Saturday at his home in Bel Air, Calif., his manager Jonathan Wolfson said. He said he didn’t know the cause of death.
Mizzy wrote songs that were recorded by Dean Martin, Doris Day, Perry Como and Billie Holiday in the 1940s and ‘50s. His hits include “Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes,” “My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time” and “With a Hey and a Hi and a Ho-Ho-Ho.”
But his most famous work was the theme to “The Addams Family,” a tune accented by finger snaps and opening with quirky lyrics: “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky: the Addams family.”
Mizzy sang the song himself and overdubbed it three times to give the impression of multiple vocalists. He also directed the title sequence where he asked actors who played members of the Addams family to snap their fingers in a bored way.