"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
Best Performance By An Orchestra Or Instrumentalist With Orchestra - Primarily Not Jazz Or For Dancing
Hatari!
 
Wins
Record Of The Year
Moon River
Song Of The Year
Moon River
Best Performance By An Orchestra - For Other Than Dancing
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Best Arrangement
Moon River
Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Score From Motion Picture Or Television
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Nominations
Album Of The Year (Other Than Classical)
Breakfast At Tiffany's (Album)
Best Performance By An Orchestra - For Dancing
Mr. Lucky Goes Latin
 
Wins
Best Arrangement
Mr. Lucky
Best Performance By An Orchestra
Mr. Lucky
Best Jazz Performance Large Group
Blues And The Beat
Nominations
Best Performance By A Band For Dancing
The Blues And The Beat (Album)
Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Music Score From A Motion Picture Or Television
Mr. Lucky (TV) (Album)
 
Nominations
Album Of The Year
More Music From Peter Gunn (Album)
Best Performance By An Orchestra
More Music From Peter Gunn (Album)
Best Jazz Performance - Group
More Music From Peter Gunn (Album)
Best Musical Composition First Recorded And Released In 1959 (More Than 5 Minutes Duration)
More Music From Peter Gunn (Album)
Best Sound Track Album - Background Score From A Motion Picture Or Television
More Music From Peter Gunn (TV Show) (Album)
Best Arrangement
More Music From Peter Gunn (Album)
 
Wins
Album Of The Year
The Music From Peter Gunn
Best Arrangement
The Music From Peter Gunn
Nominations
Best Performance By An Orchestra
Peter Gunn (Album)
Best Original Cast Album (Broadway Or TV)
Peter Gunn (Album)