April 16, 1924, Little Italy, Cleveland – June 14, 1994
Enrico Nicola Mancini was an American composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his film and television scores.
While serving in the army air force during World War II, he met Glenn Miller, and after the war he joined Miller’s band as an arranger and pianist. He first gained wide attention with his jazz-inflected music for the television series Peter Gunn (1958), but he is perhaps best known for his humorous scores for Blake Edwards’s Pink Panther movies.
Henry Mancini – Pink Panther Theme
He worked extensively with Edwards throughout his career. He wrote scores for more than 80 films and won four Academy Awards for two songs, Moon River and Days of Wine and Roses and for the film scores for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Victor/Victoria (1982). He also won 20 Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1995) and 2 Emmys.
Henry Mancini – Something for Cat Breakfast At Tiffany’s Original Soundtrack