Earle H. Hagen

Earle Hagen played trombone with the celebrated Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman big bands, and while with the Ray Noble Orchestra, composed one of the greatest standards of them all, “Harlem Nocturne.”

The Emmy Award-winning television composer who wrote the memorable theme music for The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy and other classic TV programs.

The precocious teenager, graduating from high school at only age 15, found himself within weeks of leaving school, playing trombone on tour under the baton of Jacques Renard, conductor for the top-rated Eddie Cantor Radio Show. He followed this with recording studio work and then toured with The California Collegians (a group featured in the film Roberta along with their star-to-be saxophone player, Fred MacMurray).

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