Neal Hefti, composer of the memorable themes to The Odd Couple and Batman, has died. He was 85. Although Hefti worked with such luminaries as Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, it is probably these simple melodies that generations of TV viewers have grown up with he will be most forever known for. With the passing of Earle Hagen and Alexander Courage earlier this year, some news outlets questioned whether the TV theme song is dead. With Hefti’s passing, one thinks “maybe not”- how much more complicated is the theme to Batman (which supposedly carried a credit for “Music and Lyric”) than that of, say, Two and a Half Men?
Well, the Batman lyrics were less complex than many other sitcom songs.