Alan Thicke was best known for his role on Growing Pains. The Canadian actor, who passed away on Tuesday, was also an accomplished songwriter. In fact, he wrote a ton of TV theme songs throughout his career, including some of the catchier tunes that landed on air during the ’70s and ’80s.
Here are 5 of his most memorable theme songs:
1973: The Wizard Of Odds
Thicke wrote the music for quite a few game shows — “The Joker’s Wild,” “Blank Check” and others — but this was one of his first.
1975: Original Wheel of Fortune Theme Song
WOF’s theme song has changed a few times over the years, but Thicke’s version was the first
1978: Diff’rent Strokes
Yep, Jason Seaver wrote one of the most iconic TV themes of all times. And the vocals? That’s Thicke too.
1979: The Facts Of Life
“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life” You’ll be singing it all day now. You’re welcome.
1987: Animal Crackups
Thicke wrote the theme song and hosted the wacky celebrity game show.
And while he didn’t write this last one, I’ve been singing it all day. RIP Mr. Thicke, and thanks for the memories.