August 09, 2012

The ASCAP Foundation Vic Mizzy Scholarship

Vic Mizzy

Vic Mizzy

The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce that a new annual program to assist a deserving graduate student of Film & Television scoring at New York University's Steinhardt School has been established by the Mizzy Jonas Family Foundation. The ASCAP Foundation Vic Mizzy Scholarship honors the veteran film & TV composer-lyricist who created the beloved TV theme songs for The Addams Family and Green Acres, among many other musical achievements.

Vic Mizzy (1916-2009) was born in Brooklyn and met his first lyric-writing collaborator, Irving Taylor, when both were teenagers. They found initial success as performers on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour and the Fred Allen Collegiate Amateur Hour radio programs. During World War II, the pair enlisted in the US Navy and scored a big wartime hit, "Three Little Sisters," recorded by the Andrews Sisters. Teaming up with lyricist Mann Curtis, Mizzy remained on the Hit Parade with such smashes as "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" (Les Brown Orchestra with Doris Day), "Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes" (The Merry Macs), "Choo'n Gum" (Teresa Brewer) and "The Whole World Is Singing My Song" (Les Brown Orchestra with Doris Day).

In the 1950's, Mizzy made the transition to the burgeoning medium of TV, writing music for such programs as Shirley Temple Storybook and the Richard Boone Anthology. The 1960's saw Mizzy writing the themes to two of TV's most popular comedies, The Addams Family (featuring Mizzy's own vocals and harpsichord) and Green Acres. More TV music followed along with a string of scores for Don Knotts feature film comedies, including: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Reluctant Astronaut and The Shakiest Gun In The West. Vic Mizzy was a proud and lifelong member of ASCAP, joining the organization in 1938.