Archive for the ‘"Mod Squad"’ Category

"Andy Griffith Show" Theme Composer Earle Hagen Has Died at the Age of 88

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008


Earle Hagen, who composed (and whistled) The Andy Griffith Show theme, has died. The accomplished composer also wrote the memorable Dick Van Dyke Show theme music and won an Emmy Award for I Spy.

Earle Hagen was interviewed by TV’s Biggest Hits author Jon Burlingame in 1997. His entire five hour interview can be viewed here.

Interview description:

Mr. Hagen described the pleasure of working with producers Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas, and creating the themes, as well as writing the music for: The Danny Thomas Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy, and Mod Squad, to name a few.

PR Legend Warren Cowan Has Died

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Warren Cowan has died at the age of 87. Interviewed in 2001 by the Archive of American Television, his nearly two-hour interview is available for viewing at Academy headquarters and will be available online soon.

Interview description:

Cowan recalled his entry into entertainment publicity working for Alan Gordon and Associates, and later for Henry Rogers. He also spoke about his transition to partner in the renamed Rogers and Cowan. Mr. Cowan talked about working with many well-known clients, including Kirk Douglas, Joan Crawford (on the first Oscar campaign), Steve Allen, Milton Berle, George Burns, Danny Kaye, Lucille Ball, Doris Day, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. Next, he explained the process of publicizing a television show, and talked about his work on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, G.E. Theater and That Girl. He also spoke about his longtime association with producers Aaron Spelling and Merv Griffin, and his work on their various television programs (including Mod Squad, Charlie’s Angels, and The Merv Griffin Show). Finally, he spoke about the day-to-day process of working in publicity and many of the various techniques used.