H-B writer, Spike Jones pianist Eddie Brandt dies

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Eddie Brandt, a writer for Hanna-Barbera who had been a pianist for Spike Jones and Spade Coo­ley, died Feb­ru­ary 20 at his North Hol­ly­wood home of colon can­cer. He was 89.

Brandt was a writer and com­poser for Bob Clampett’s Beany and Cecil series, some­times moon­light­ing as a mem­ber of the voice cast. At Hanna-Barbera, he wrote for Franken­stein, Jr. and the Impos­si­bles (1966), Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor (1967) and Cat­tanooga Cats (1969).

In 1967, he founded famed North Hol­ly­wood store Eddie Brandt’s Sat­ur­day Mati­nee, a gold mine for those seek­ing videos and posters of obscure mate­r­ial from the big and lit­tle screens.

Accord­ing to car­toon his­to­rian Mark Evanier, Brandt decided to work in ani­ma­tion when comedic bands lost their appeal. A cou­ple of Jones’s musi­cians joined the car­toon indus­try, mostly in the edit­ing depart­ment at Hanna-Barbera, and Brandt fol­lowed suit.

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