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"Charade" by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer

Read ""Charade" by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer" reviewed by Tish Oney

Ever known for his peerless and timeless musical masterpieces created for the silver screen, Henry Mancini (1924-1994) opened the 1963 motion picture, “Charade," starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, with a masterfully written theme bearing the same title. Over his storied career, Mancini won six Grammy awards plus fourteen additional nominations as well as a slew of Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and wins for his film and stage compositions, among several additional awards. His 1961 classic, “Moon River," also ...


Mix Tape

Henry Mancini: Jazz & Cocktails

Read "Henry Mancini: Jazz & Cocktails" reviewed by Michael Ricci

A swinging collection of Hank tunes for when you're lounging on the chaise. Don't forget the bitters! TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Moon River Cha Cha2:37Henry ManciniMartinis With Mancini2Something For Sellers2:50Henry Mancini & His OrchestraMartinis With Mancini3Tippin' In (Marty Symes—Bobby Smith)3:49Henry ManciniThe Blues And The Beat4Something Loose2:49Henry ManciniMartinis With Mancini5Sidewalks Of Cuba3:20Ramon RiveraCombo!6Playboy's Theme2:58Henry ManciniMartinis With Mancini7The Pink Panther2:37Henry ManciniL'arte Dell'orchestra8Moanin'2:53Ramon RiveraCombo!9Megeve3:01Henry Mancini & His OrchestraMartinis With Mancini10Mambo Parisienne2:34Henry Mancini & His OrchestraMartinis With Mancini11Loose Caboose3:09Henry ManciniMartinis With Mancini12It Had Better Be ...



Mancini Magic: An Interview with Ginny Mancini

Read "Mancini Magic: An Interview with Ginny Mancini" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Henry Mancini (1924-1994) was much more than one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He was--and will always be--a “sphere of influence." His music--from “Moon River" to “Days of Wine and Roses," “The Pink Panther," “Charade," and “Peter Gunn"--formed the backdrop for the lives and entertainment of several generations of Americans and the wide world beyond. His composing and arranging for the cinema and television became the “gold standard" for similar work. His devoted efforts as a conductor of ...


Album Review

Henry Mancini: Combo

Read "Combo" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although Mancini is best known for his film and TV scores, (Pink Panther, Breakfast At Tiffany's), back in the 60's he recorded a series of albums for RCA that showcased his talent for writing and arranging jazz. Combo, recorded in 1962, is an enjoyable set of light, swingin' jazz , flavored with that unique “Mancini" sound. It helps that Mancini enlisted some of the West Coast's finest musicians for the session. Pete Candoli (trumpet), Dick Nash (trombone), Larry Bunker (vibes), ...


Album Review

Henry Mancini: Martinis With Mancini

Read "Martinis With Mancini" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Composer Henry Mancini (1924 - 1994) practically wrote the soundtrack to the cocktail culture of the late fifties and early sixties. The witty, moody themes he created for films and TV ( Mr. Lucky , Hatari! , Experiment in Terror , Charade , A Shot In The Dark , The Pink Panther , The Thorn Birds and Newhart ) often stayed with television viewers well after the shows he scored faded from their memory. During his two decades with RCA ...


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