The Associated Press reports that Earle Hagen, composer of the theme to "The Andy Griffith Show"—and also the man whistling the melody in the opening credits—passed away this past Monday night at the age of 88. Hagen wrote many other memorable TV show theme songs, including the themes for "That Girl", "I Spy", "The Mod Squad" and "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.", as well as the jazz classic "Harlem Nocturne".
All kidding aside, this man wrote some of the catchiest songs of the past century. We completely respect that, and our hats are off to him today.
The geeks out there should recognize Harlem Nocturne from the original Metroid soundtrack. It’s half the reason why that game was so good.
Great tribute track.
I still remember him coming to my elementary school when I was growing up (circa 81 or 82 in a po dunk town of GA). The things were called “The Great Southeastern Assembly”, but sure enough he visited us and spoke about what he did. I don’t remember much apart from him whistling the theme from The Andy Griffith Show.