With his collaborator Jay Livingston, he wrote songs for a living. You know some of them: "Mona Lisa," "Silver Bells," "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)."
According to The Associated Press, Evans died late Thursday of heart failure. His death was unexpected; his lawyer said Evans was "full of energy and excitement" during a phone call, just hours before his death.
Smitty gets the point.
And of course, Ray Evans wrote one of the most famous lines in any TV sitcom theme song, "A horse is a horse, of course, of course." Personally, I like "Silver Bells" better.
They also gave us the theme to Bonanza.
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