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Vic Mizzy

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(January 9, 1916 – October 17, 2009) was an American composer for television and movies whose best-known works are the themes to the 1960s television sitcoms Green Acres and The Addams Family. He also penned top-20 songs from the 1930s to 1940s.

Vic Mizzy was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended New York University. As a child, he played accordion and piano, and was largely self-taught as a composer. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy, where he wrote some of his song hits.

Mizzy had two children with his first wife, Mary Small, who as a 1930s child singer had been known as “The Little Girl With The Big Voice”, and who remained popular (especially on radio) through the 1950s. One of her daughters, Patty Keeler, a singer and songwriter, often worked with songwriter Doc Pomus.

In the late 1930s, Mizzy, based in New York City, began composing a string of popular songs. These would include Doris Day’s 1945 hit “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time”. Other Mizzy compositions included “There’s a Faraway Look in Your Eye” and “Three Little Sisters”, both co-written with lyricist Irving Taylor and both sung by the Andrews Sisters; “Take It Easy” (also with lyricist Taylor), “Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes”, “The Whole World Is Singing My Song”, “Choo’n Gum”, “The Jones Boy” (a 1953 hit for The Mills Brothers), and “With a Hey and a Hi and a Ho-Ho-Ho”.

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