Two For Tuesday: Henry Mancini

When I first started doing Two for Tuesday, one of my early posts was about Henry Mancini, who I consider to be in a league with John Williams, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and all the other great American composers. He frequently collaborated with producer/director Blake Edwards, most notably composing the "Pink Panther" theme that was used in all of those movies and the music for the film Victor/Victoria. He also wrote theme songs for two of Edwards’s TV shows…

Mr. Lucky

Peter Gunn, which was said to be the first time jazz was used in a theme song.

His non-Edwards related theme songs include…

Remington Steele

Newhart

Henry Mancini, your Two for Tuesday, December 24, 2019.

12 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Henry Mancini

    1. He was a fantastic composer and no slouch as a performer. He and Doc Severinsen (from the Tonight Show) did an album together that’s just gorgeous. I don’t think it’s out of the question to put him in with the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and other great American composers.

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  1. I love Henry Mancini because there’s always a lightness, a bit of bop or cheer. We sometimes get on a real kick listening to his pieces. Usually because Pink Panther πŸ˜› Brilliant!

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    1. The Pink Panther theme is classic Mancini. WGN used his “Experiment in Terror” for its “Creature Features” (their Saturday horror movie). Not actually a “happy” tune, but there was that “lightness” to it.

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