The Versatile Henry Mancini. Driftwood and Dreams. The Long Hot Summer. Universal Special Products. The Mancini Touch. More Music from "Peter Gunn". BMG International. The Blues and the Beat. High Time. Music from Mr. Blue Moon. Lucky Goes Latin [Original Soundtrack]. Sousa's Greatest Marches. Warner Bros. Experiment in Terror [Music from the Motion Picture]. Hobbs Takes a Vacation. Hatari [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]. Hallmark Recordings. This was the genesis of a relationship in which Edwards and Mancini collaborated on 30 films over 35 years.
Mancini's score for the Alfred Hitchcock film Frenzy in Bachian organ andante, for organ and an orchestra of strings was rejected and replaced by Ron Goodwin 's work. He wrote many television themes, including Mr. Salute to the President was published only in a school-band arrangement, although Mancini performed it frequently with symphony orchestras on his concert tours. Songs with music by Mancini were staples of the easy listening genre from the s to the s.
Lawrence Welk held Mancini in very high regard, and frequently featured Mancini's music on The Lawrence Welk Show Mancini made at least two guest appearances on the show.
Mancini briefly hosted his own musical variety TV show in a similar format to Welk's, The Mancini Generation , which aired in syndication during the —73 season. Mancini recorded over 90 albums, in styles ranging from big band to light classical to pop. Eight of these albums were certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. He had a year contract with RCA Victor , resulting in 60 commercial record albums that made him a household name among artists of easy-listening music.
Mancini's earliest recordings in the s and early s were of the jazz idiom; with the success of Peter Gunn , Mr. Lucky , and Breakfast at Tiffany's , Mancini shifted to recording primarily his own music in record albums and film soundtracks.
Relatively little of his music was written for recordings compared to the amount that was written for film and television. In this period, for two of his best-selling albums he was joined by trumpet virtuoso and The Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen.
Mancini was also a concert performer, conducting over fifty engagements per year, resulting in over symphony performances during his lifetime. He appeared in , and in command performances for the British Royal Family.
He also toured several times with Johnny Mathis and also with Andy Williams, who had each sung many of Mancini's songs; Mathis and Mancini collaborated on the album The Hollywood Musicals. In he conducted an impromptu charity concert in London in aid of Children In Need.
The concert included Tchaikovsky 's Overture with firework accompaniment over the River Thames. Shortly before his death in , he made a one-off cameo appearance in the first season of the sitcom series Frasier , as a call-in patient to Dr. Frasier Crane's radio show.
Mancini voiced the character Al, who speaks with a melancholy drawl and hates the sound of his own voice, in the episode "Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast? Mancini also had an uncredited performance as a pianist in the movie Gunn , the movie version of the series Peter Gunn , the score of which was composed by Mancini.
In the Pink Panther cartoon Pink, Plunk, Plink , the panther commandeered an orchestra and proceeded to conduct Mancini's theme for the series. At the end, the shot switched to rare live action, and Mancini was seen alone applauding in the audience. Mancini also made a brief appearance in the title sequence of 's Son of the Pink Panther , allowing the panther to conduct Bobby McFerrin in performing the film's theme tune.
Mancini died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles on June 14, Mancini was survived by his wife of 43 years, singer Virginia "Ginny" O'Connor, with whom he had three children. In , Mrs. Mancini was one of the founders of the Society of Singers , a non-profit organization which benefits the health and welfare of professional singers worldwide. His son Christopher is a music publisher and promoter in Los Angeles. In , the Henry Mancini Institute, an academy for young music professionals, was founded by Jack Elliott in Mancini's honor, and was later under the direction of composer-conductor Patrick Williams.
By the mid s, however, the institute could not sustain itself and closed its doors on December 30, The Henry Mancini Arts Academy is an evening-and-weekend performing arts program for children from pre-K to grade 12, with some classes also available for adults.
The program includes dance, voice, musical theater, and instrumental lessons. His scores for Breakfast at Tiffany's , Charade , Hatari! Mancini was nominated for 72 Grammy Awards and won In , Mancini was posthumously awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music. The stamp was painted by artist Victor Stabin and shows Mancini conducting in front of a list of some of his movie and TV themes. Note: Most of Mancini's scores were not released on LP soundtrack albums. Electronic Folk International.
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