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Earle Hagen
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    (July 9, 1919-May 26, 2008)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Played with the big bands of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Ray Noble
    Wrote the jazz standard 'Harlem Nocturne' (1939)
    Arranger for numerous 20th Century Fox films
    Composed theme songs for the TV series 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' 'The Andy Griffith Show,' 'I Spy,' 'Gomer Pyle, USMC,' 'That Girl,' 'The Mod Squad' and 'Eight Is Enough'
    Won an Emmy for scoring 'I Spy' (1968)
    Wrote the textbook 'Scoring for Films' (1971) and the autobiography 'Memoirs of a Famous Composer Nobody Ever Heard Of' (2001)
    He described himself as 'a smartass who was competent.'
    He gave up playing for arranging and composing after his wife complimented his playing and he realized she had been listening to one of his students instead of him.
    His second wife, Laura, was 33 years his junior.
    He composed music for over 3,000 television episodes.
    He did the whistling for 'The Andy Griffith Show' theme.
    His students included jazz musicians David Koz and Herbie Hancock.
    He was married to his first wife, Elouise, for 59 years until her death.
    He said, 'I enjoyed the best years of the big band era, the best years of the film business, and the best years of television.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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