Batman theme composer dies at 85

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

The man who composed the famous “Batman” theme, Neal Hefti, has died at the age of 85.

The Batman theme ran from 1966 to 1968, became a Top 40 hit and secured the 1966 Grammy Award for best instrumental theme.   But Hefti admitted that it was one of the hardest musical themes that he had ever written – and one that he almost gave up on.

Thank God he didn’t because it subsequently went down in cult history as one of the most memorable theme songs ever (and one of my personal favourites).  

So in memory of Neal Hefti, may he rest in peace, raise your speaker volume because here comes…..BATMAN!

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4 Responses to Batman theme composer dies at 85

  1. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of this kitschy little ditty, but "one of the hardest musical themes he'd ever written?" "Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da, BATMAN!"

  2. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of this kitschy little ditty, but “one of the hardest musical themes he’d ever written?” “Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da, BATMAN!”

  3. He wanted the lyric credits to say "Word by Neal Hefti", but they wouldn't let him. So, it reads "Words by Neal Hefti".

  4. He wanted the lyric credits to say “Word by Neal Hefti”, but they wouldn’t let him. So, it reads “Words by Neal Hefti”.