Earle Hagen, 88, who cowrote the jazz classic "Harlem Nocturne" and composed memorable themes for
The Andy Griffith Show, I Spy, The Mod Squad
and other TV shows, has died.
Mr. Hagen, who is heard whistling the folksy tune for The Andy Griffith Show, died Monday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., his wife, Laura, said. He had been in ill health for several months. During his long musical career, he also performed with the top bands of the swing era and wrote one of the first textbooks on movie composing (see a full list of his credits via http://go.philly.com/hagen).
He and Lionel Newman were nominated for an Academy Award for best music scoring for the 1960 Marilyn Monroe movie Let's Make Love.