Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Neal Hefti: 1922-2008

I was saddened this morning to learn of the passing of Neal Hefti, who was once a Big Band trumpeter but gained immortality as a composer of TV themes. He died last Saturday at the age of 85.

Mr. Hefti won a Grammy in 1966 for Best Instrumental for the theme to the TV show "Batman." But he will always be forever remembered for composing the theme to "The Odd Couple," one of my favorite all-time TV themes (although he did it originally for the movie in 1968). Funny hearing about his death now, as yesterday I had a post featuring the immortal Felix Unger. Here's more on Mr. Hefti.

So in honor of Mr. Hefti, here is the theme to "The Odd Couple," from their second season:

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