Man Who Composed and Whistled Theme to “The Andy Griffith Show” Dies

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Los Angeles (AP) The man who composed and whistled the theme to “The Andy Griffith show” has died.

His wife says Earle Hagen died at his home in Rancho Mirage, california. He was 88.

Hagen composed themes and music for about 3,000 hours of TV in his career that lasted 60 years. His other famous themes include “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Mod Squad” “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.” and “I Spy.”

Hagen won an Emmy for some of the music he wrote for “I Spy.”