Five For Friday: Henry Mancini, Part 1

Henry Mancini is considered one of the greatest composers in the history of film. He’s won four Academy Awards, twenty Grammys, and a Golden Globe as well as a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy. Born to Italian immigrants, he decided to go into film scoring over the objections of his father, who wanted him to be a teacher.

Mancini wrote so much great music that it’s hard to keep it down to five songs, so this is Part 1 of several (no idea how many, exactly). For those who prefer a playlist, click here.

His Orchestra & Chorus, “Moon River” (lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, 1961)

Andy Williams, “Days Of Wine And Roses” (lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from the 1962 film of the same name)

“Baby Elephant Walk” (lyrics by Hal David, from Hatari!, 1962)

“Experiment In Terror” (from the 1962 film of the same name)

The Pink Panther Theme” (from The Pink Panther, 1963)

Part 2 next week. That’s Five for Friday, April 7, 2023.

12 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Henry Mancini, Part 1

  1. Love Mancini and all these works. In The Pink Panther I love the one song where the one lady sings a song while everyone is gathered around the very modern 60s fireplace. Why do all the gals from the 60s look so pretty in a head scarf but when I try and do it, I look like a Babushka!


  2. Hi John – lovely selection of favourites of yore. Elephant Walk is such fun – not sure why there’s a rhino on the front – definitely doesn’t look like an elephant: odd! Cheers and have a peaceful and happy Easter – Hilary


    1. It’s a famous scene where they capture a rhino and John Wayne did the stunt himself! It was not safe in any sense of the word. This song is about 1/2 way through the film where the woman becomes attached to 3 baby elephants and leads them to have a drink and that song was part of it and became a big hit.

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    1. My parents loved it. Mom said it was “their song.” I think if you were an adult in the early ’60’s and saw “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” it was your song. Mancini and Mercer outdid themselves on that one.


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