Earle Hagan

In the early 1950s, Twentieth Century Fox hired Hagen to work under Lionel Newman. Hagen worked as a second-line composer until he got his big break when he composed the hit theme for the Perry Mason TV show. He followed this with his whistling theme for The Andy Griffith Show.

Also known as Earl Hagen, Hagen began his study of the trombone in his early teens, and after graduating from high school, began working professionally, playing with such bands as Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Isham Jones.

During WW2, he worked in the Army Air Corps' Radio and Film Unit in Santa Ana, California. After his service discharge, he returned to the Hollywood movie studios, continuing to work as an orchestrator and arranger.

In the early 1950s, Twentieth Century Fox hired him to work under Lionel Newman. Hagen worked as a second-line composer until he got his big break when he composed the hit theme for the Perry Mason TV show. He followed this with his whistling theme for The Andy Griffith Show.

From here, Hagen went on to provide the theme, and soundtrack release, of the Bill Cosby/Robert Culp series, I Spy. Among his other TV themes are The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC, The Mod Squad, and That Girl. He also scored some films including Man on a Tightrope and The New Interns.

Compositions by Earle Hagan appear on

Little Wing

Composer

An album full of tried-and-true jazz standards, fashioned around the singular theme of angels. With a top lineup, this wonderful CD features the talents of vocalist Debra Blaquiere, together with award-winning jazz pianist Joe Chindamo and his bass player extraordinaire, Phil Rex.