Victor Mizzy

Original Music from "The Addams Family"

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Vic Mizzy simultaneously captured and set the tone for the television sitcom The Addams Family with his instrumental score. The ascending harpsichord riff and finger snaps of "The Addams Family: Main Theme" are one of the most recognizable pieces of television music from the '60s -- or from any era, for that matter -- and variations on that hook appear throughout the dozen pieces on the 1965 soundtrack album. "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Tombstones," for instance, begins with the signature riff before veering off into a whimsical melody in an odd time signature. The album contains unique themes used to announce the appearance of the show's various characters, and other incidental pieces in a semi-rock & roll style with a wordless chorus. The sound is practically identical to the music heard on early-to-mid-'60s Bill Justis or Lawrence Welk albums (the latter of whom also used a harpsichord). Compare Mizzy's "Gomez" with Welk's "Calcutta" for an example. This brief album was issued on CD in 1991 to coincide with the release of the Addams Family motion picture. The reissue concludes with a 51-second, previously unreleased vocal version of the theme that will delight any fan of the original series. "Lurch's Theme," incidentally, is not the same recording as Ted Cassidy's infamous single "The Lurch."

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