"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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Nominations
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)

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