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So it goes: Ronnie Hazlehurst dead at 79

By October 4, 2007 No Comments

Michael Crawford in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘EmThere’s very little that can conjure up a childhood memory like familiar TV theme music (the smell of Play-Doh, perhaps) and the creator of the most familiar all those tune passed away yesterday of a stroke.

Ronnie Hazlehurst wrote and conducted the signature tunes for dozens of BBC shows in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s including “The Two Ronnies”, “Last of the Summer Wine”, “Parkinson” and “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” and hearing any of them instantly provokes waves of nostalgia in this writer (except “Blankety Blank” which was truly awful though undeniably catchy):

From a very lovely Independent obituary:

One of Hazlehurst’s trademarks was to make his themes fit the title of the programme. For example, for Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – the classic comedy starring Michael Crawford as the effete Frank Spencer – he used a piccolo to play the letters of the title in Morse code.

For brave readers wanting to share the memories here are the themes to “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” (including Morse code), “The Two Ronnies” and the wonderful “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin”.