"I maintain ... that the real creative power is in the mind and heart of the composer.”

  • Born Enrico Nicola Mancini on April 16, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio. Died June 14, 1944, in Los Angeles, California
     
  • A highly skilled and decorated composer, Henry Mancini wrote the theme for the television show "Peter Gunn," and it became the first track on his 1959 album The Music From Peter Gunn, which combined jazz orchestration with rock and roll rhythms. Mancini scored several classic films, including 1961's Breakfast At Tiffany's (featuring "Moon River"), 1962's Days Of Wine And Roses (featuring the title song) and 1963's The Pink Panther (featuring the title theme). 
     
  • Mancini won his first career GRAMMYs at the 1st GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year and Best Music Arrangement for The Music From Peter Gunn.
     
  • One of Mancini's most famous compositions, "Moon River" was slated to be cut from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's until actress Audrey Hepburn intervened.
     
  • Mancini was awarded a posthumous Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. He has several recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including "Moon River" and The Pink Panther.

 

 

Henry Mancini

"I maintain ... that the real creative power is in the mind and heart of the composer.”

  • Born Enrico Nicola Mancini on April 16, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio. Died June 14, 1944, in Los Angeles, California
     
  • A highly skilled and decorated composer, Henry Mancini wrote the theme for the television show "Peter Gunn," and it became the first track on his 1959 album The Music From Peter Gunn, which combined jazz orchestration with rock and roll rhythms. Mancini scored several classic films, including 1961's Breakfast At Tiffany's (featuring "Moon River"), 1962's Days Of Wine And Roses (featuring the title song) and 1963's The Pink Panther (featuring the title theme). 
     
  • Mancini won his first career GRAMMYs at the 1st GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year and Best Music Arrangement for The Music From Peter Gunn.
     
  • One of Mancini's most famous compositions, "Moon River" was slated to be cut from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's until actress Audrey Hepburn intervened.
     
  • Mancini was awarded a posthumous Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. He has several recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including "Moon River" and The Pink Panther.

 

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Henry Mancini

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Wins
Lifetime Achievement Award
(lifetime Achievement Award)
 
Nominations
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
The Untouchables (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
Monster Movie Music Suite (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
Suite From The Thorn Birds (Track)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals
Volare (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition
The Blues In Three (Track)
Best Album Of Original Instrumental Background Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television
The Glass Menagerie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album) (Album)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
It Might As Well Be Spring (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
Cameo For Flute... "For james" (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition
The Thorn Birds Theme
 
Nominations
Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Victor/Victoria (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Ravel's Bolero (Single)
 
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
The Pink Panther Theme ('78) (Single)
Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Revenge Of The Pink Panther (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement
The Disaster Movie Suite
Best Instrumental Composition
The White Dawn
 
Nominations
Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
The Return Of The Pink Panther
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Theme From The Mancini Generation
Best Pop Instrumental Performance By An Arranger, Composer, Orchestra And/Or Choral Leader
Brass On Ivory (Album)
Best Instrumental Composition
Brass On Ivory
 
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Theme From Love Story
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Theme From "Z"
Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance
Theme From "Z" And Other Film Music
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition
Love Theme From Sunflower
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Darling Lili (Album)
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet
Nominations
Record Of The Year
Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet
Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance
Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Me, Natalie
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Theme
Arabesque
Best Performance By A Chorus
Henry Mancini Presents The Academy Award Songs (Album)
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Show
Arabesque (Motion Picture)
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Arabesque
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Performance, Non-Jazz
The Great Race
Best Performance By A Chorus
Dear Heart And Other Songs About Love (Album)
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Composition (Other Than Jazz)
The Pink Panther Theme
Best Instrumental Performance - Non-Jazz
The Pink Panther
Best Instrumental Arrangement
The Pink Panther
Nominations
Album Of The Year
The Pink Panther (Album)
Song Of The Year
Dear Heart (Single)
Best Performance By A Chorus
Dear Heart
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Show
The Pink Panther (Motion Picture) (Album)
 
Wins
Record Of The Year
Days Of Wine And Roses
Song Of The Year
Days Of Wine And Roses
Best Background Arrangement (Behind vocalist or instrumentalist)
Days Of Wine And Roses
Nominations
Best Performance By An Orchestra Or Instrumentalist With Orchestra - Primarily Not Jazz Or For Dancing
Our Man In Hollywood
Best Performance By A Chorus
Charade
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Baby Elephant Walk
Nominations
Best Instrumental Theme
Baby Elephant Walk
Best Original Jazz Composition
The Sounds Of Hatari

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