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"Andy Griffith" Composer Earle Hagen Dies

Earle H. Hagen, who composed and whistled the memorable theme for "The Andy Griffith Show," has died. He was 88.

His wife says Hagen died Monday night at his home in Rancho
Mirage.

During a 60-year musical career, Hagen performed with the top
bands of the swing era, composed for movies and television and
wrote a definitive textbook on movie composing. He also co-wrote
the jazz standard "Harlem Nocturne."

Hagen composed themes and music for about 3,000 hours of TV
during his career -- sometimes working on five shows simultaneously.
He won an Emmy for his work on "I Spy." He also wrote the themes
for "That Girl," "The Mod Squad" and "Make Room for Daddy,"
among many others.


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