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Henry N. Mancini

Enrico Nicola Mancini

Composer, Conductor, Arranger, Pianist

(1924 - 1994)

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A Henry Mancini Discography

Henry Mancini became a household name in the 1960s for his film and television scores. He was nominated for 72 Grammys and won 10 of them. He also won four Oscars and the Golden Globe Award.

Growing up in Pennsylvania Mancini learned flute from his father and studied with the great Max Adkins. His studies at Juilliard were interrupted by WWII, but after his service he joined Tex Beneke’s band as pianist and arranger. He then settled in Los Angeles where he freelanced and eventually joined the Universal-International film staff as an arranger, working on both The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and The Benny Goodman Story (1956). His score for Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958), on which he included jazz musicians with the studio orchestra, caught the attention of producer Blake Edwards who hired him to score the TV series Peter Gunn for an 11-piece jazz group. The popularity of the soundtrack was phenomenal and won Mancini his first Grammy. He followed that with the equally successful soundtrack for Mr. Lucky (1959), a TV series based on the 1943 Cary Grant film.

The Edwards/Mancini partnership seemed to be made in heaven, and they followed up their success with the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and 1962’s The Days of Wine and Roses. “Moon River” from the first film and the title cut of the second, both with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, won Oscars. The Pink Panther (1963) was a huge success and spawned sequels and a cartoon series using Mancini’s theme. Mancini worked with other directors on films such as Hatari! (1962), Charade (1963), Two for the Road, and Arabesque (1966), and he scored the 1983 TV mini-series The Thorn Birds.

Mancini record over 50 albums, conducted many concerts each year, established several music scholarships, was given four honorary degrees, wrote his autobiography, and appeared on a U. S. postage stamp in 2004.

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Greatest Hits

Henry Mancini

The Music from Peter Gunn (1958-1961 TV Series)

Henry Mancini

Most Beautiful Melodies of the Century: Moon River

Various Artists

Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River and Other Academy Award Winners

Frank Sinatra

The Best of Mancini

Henry Mancini
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Henry Mancini

Did They Mention the Music?: The Autobiography of Henry Mancini

Cooper Square Press

Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam

Breakfast at Tiffany's



Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman

The Days of Wine and Roses

Warner Home Video


David Niven, Peter Sellers

The Pink Panther Film Collection (The Pink Panther / A Shot in the Dark / Strikes Again / Revenge of / Trail)

MGM (Video & DVD)


Dave Barry, Mel Blanc

The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection

MGM (Video & DVD)


Joe Basulto, Joseph Calleia, Ray Collins, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Touch of Evil (Restored to Orson Welles' Vision)

Universal Studios


Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, Christopher Plummer, Jean Simmons

The Thorn Birds

Warner Home Video


John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger, Red Buttons, Gérard Blain




Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel, Kieron Moore, Carl Duering


Universal Studios


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