Did you know that CCM alumnus Albert Hague (CCM, 42) composed “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” as an audition piece to win the job scoring the 1966 TV movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas?
When Jim Carrey made the story into a full-length feature film in 2000, Hague’s song and much of his score accompanied the movie, and he was listed in the credits.
In honor of the season, you can enjoy an excerpt from How the Grinch Stole Christmas below:
Hague was also well known for playing the role of Mr. Shorofsky, the music teacher, in the TV series Fame from 1982-87. In addition, his musical Plain and Fancy, a story set among the Amish of Pennsylvania, is performed all year long, and has been for decades, in Nappanee, Ind.
Hague passed away in November of 2011 at the age of 81.