Songwriter George Wyle has died at the age of 87.

Wyle - who penned the theme song to GILLIGAN'S ISLAND and Christmas classic THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR - died of leukaemia on Friday (02/05/03).

The songwriter left behind a back-catalogue of over 400 songs including work for easy listening crooner Andy Williams.

Wyle spent the last years of his life working for schools in California.

Despite his prolific work and popular theme songs, he was humble and once commented, "America doesn't want great music themes, just something it can remember."

05/05/2003 17:22