Thereâ€™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 60â€™s, 70â€™s and 80â€™s including â€œThe Two Ronniesâ€, â€œLast of the Summer Wineâ€, â€œParkinsonâ€ and â€œSome Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Emâ€ and hearing any of them instantly provokes waves of nostalgia in this writer (except â€œBlankety Blankâ€ 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 â€“ the classic comedy starring Michael Crawford as the effete Frank Spencer â€“ 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 â€œSome Mothers Do â€˜Ave â€˜Emâ€ (including Morse code), â€œThe Two Ronniesâ€ and the wonderful â€œThe Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrinâ€.