Earle Hagen

Composer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his five-hour Archive interview, Earle Hagen (1919-2008) describes the pleasure of working with producers Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas. He discusses 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. He also speaks of his work on the series Where's Raymond? with Ray Bolger.  The interview was conducted by Jon Burlingame in Palm Springs, CA on November 17, 1997.

"...And I said, What do you think about this for the Andy Griffith show? He listened to it and he said, 'I'll tell you what, I'll shoot Andy and Ronnie walking along the lake with a couple of fishing poles over their shoulder.'  Great. That was the way it was done. I had never whistled before in my life. And never since."

Highlights
Composer Earle Hagen on the origin of The Andy Griffith Show
03:20
Composer Earl Hagen on creating the music for The Mod Squad
14:20
Earle Hagen on the difference between composing for film and television
04:04
Full Interview

Chapter 1

Introduction
00:11
On his early years and education; on his interest in music and learning the trombone
08:01
On his first professional work in bands; on joining Benny Goodman's band; on joining Tommy Dorsey's band; on touring and arranging music

Chapter 2

On arranging and recording with some of the big bands of the time
07:24
On joining the staff of CBS as a trombone player; on serving in World War II in Army Air Corps Radio Production Unit; on deciding to study composition; on arranging and conducting at various studios

Chapter 3

On the definitions of an arranger and a composer; on working as an arranger on motion pictures at 20th Century Fox
18:10
On leaving 20th Century Fox and partnering with Herbert W. Spencer; on starting in television; on the compensation structure for television composers; on recording and arranging for various labels

Chapter 4

On the technical aspects of recording music on film
03:35
On composing and conducting music for The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy)
16:58
On his work on the series Where's Raymond? starring Ray Bolger

Chapter 5

On the difference between composing for film and television
05:47
On his work on The Andy Griffith Show

Chapter 6

On the technical elements (i.e. click tracks, early small television speakers, etc.) involved in composing for film/TV
09:25
On working on The Dick Van Dyke Show
08:06
On working on Gomer Pyle, USMC; on working on multiple shows and the people who worked with him
03:36
On the beginnings of his work on I Spy 

Chapter 7

On composing the theme for I Spy; on NBC not initially okaying Bill Cosby for the co-starring role on I Spy
08:52
On orchestrating the music for I Spy; on some of the series' musical themes

Chapter 8

On the business of creating music for television
09:58
On working on That Girl; on using library music for a series
04:01
On creating the music for The Mod Squad
14:20

Chapter 9

On using the theme he wrote for the town of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show as the theme for the spinoff on composing the theme for Mayberry RFD
01:46
On his work in music education
08:49
On creating the music library for Mary Hartman Mary Hartman sight-unseen; on his work on The Dukes of Hazzard; on his work on Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
11:24
On his retirement; on the role of music in television and film
06:07

Chapter 10

On his thoughts on new technologies in music; on his career achievements; on his advice to aspiring composers; on how he'd like to be remembered; on the body of work he created
05:15
On some of the individuals he worked with in his career  
14:36
On some photos illustrating his career
Shows

Andy Griffith Show, The

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Composer Earle Hagen on the origin of The Andy Griffith Show
03:20
Earle Hagen on writing the theme to The Andy Griffith Show
04:58
Earle Hagen on composing music for Don Knotts' character on The Andy Griffith Show
04:03
Earle Hagen on scoring The Andy Griffith Show

Danny Thomas Show, The aka Make Room for Daddy

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Earle Hagen on composing and conducting music for The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy)
16:58
Composer Earle Hagen on the origin of The Andy Griffith Show
03:20

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Earle Hagen on working on the music (including composing the theme) for The Dick Van Dyke Show
08:06

Dukes of Hazzard, The

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Composer Earle Hagen on his work on The Dukes of Hazzard
02:35

Gomer Pyle - USMC

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Composer Earle Hagen on the pilot of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
01:01

Guestward Ho!

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Composer Earle Hagen on using library music for Guestward Ho!
00:45

Guns of Will Sonnett, The

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Earle Hagen on composing the theme for The Guns of Will Sonnett 
01:03

I Spy

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Composer Earle Hagen on beginning his work for I Spy
Composer Earle Hagen on the amount of different material needed for I Spy
01:50
Composer Earle Hagen on writing the theme for I Spy
05:00
Composer Earle Hagen on NBC initially not approving Bill Cosby to co-star in I Spy because it feared repercussions from Southern affiliates
02:02
Composer Earle Hagen on orchestrating the music for I Spy; on some of the series' musical themes

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Earle Hagen on creating the music library for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman sight-unseen
01:15

Mayberry R.F.D.

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Composer Earle Hagen on using the theme he wrote for the town of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show as the theme for the spinoff Mayberry RFD
00:20

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

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Composer Earle Hagen on his work on Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
07:34

Mod Squad, The

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Composer Earl Hagen on creating the music for The Mod Squad
14:20

Ray Bolger Show, The

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Composer/conductor Earle Hagen on his work on the series The Ray Bolger Show

That Girl

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Composer Earle Hagen on working on That Girl
03:16
Topics

Diversity in Television

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Composer Earle Hagen on NBC initially not approving Bill Cosby to co-star in I Spy because it feared repercussions from Southern affiliates
02:02

TV Theme Songs

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Earle Hagen on the Danny Thomas Show / Make Room for Daddy theme song
00:46
Earle Hagen on writing the theme to The Andy Griffith Show
03:21
Composer Earle Hagen on writing the theme for I Spy
05:00
Professions

Composer

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Earle Hagen on the difference between composing for film and television
04:04
Earle Hagen on writing the theme to The Andy Griffith Show
03:21
Earle Hagen on composing music for Don Knotts' character on The Andy Griffith Show
00:58
People

Ray Bolger

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Composer/conductor Earle Hagen on his work on the series Where's Raymond?

Bill Cosby

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Composer Earle Hagen on NBC initially not approving Bill Cosby to co-star in I Spy because it feared repercussions from Southern affiliates
02:02

Robert Culp

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Composer Earle Hagen on NBC initially not approving Bill Cosby to co-star in I Spy because it feared repercussions from Southern affiliates
02:02

Sheldon Leonard

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Earle Hagen on composing and conducting music for The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy)
16:58
Composer Earle Hagen on beginning his work for Sheldon Leonard

Walter Popp

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Earle Hagen on composing and conducting music for The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy)
16:58

Carl Reiner

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Earle Hagen on working on the music (including composing the theme) for The Dick Van Dyke Show
08:06

Herbert W. Spencer

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Earle Hagen on composing and conducting music for The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy)
16:58
Composer/conductor Earle Hagen on his work on the series Where's Raymond?

Danny Thomas

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Earle Hagen on composing and conducting music for The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy)
16:58

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