Did They Mention the Music?: The Autobiography of Henry Mancini

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Cooper Square Press, Dec 17, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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Best known for the "dead-ant" theme to the Pink Panther films, Henry Mancini also composed the music to Peter Gunn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, and the Academy Award winning soundtracks to Victor/Victoria and The Days of Wine and Roses. In a career that lasted over thirty years, Mancini amassed twenty Grammy awards and more nominations than any other composer. In his memoir, written with jazz expert Lees, Mancini discusses his close friendships with Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, and Paul Newman, his professional collaborations with Johnny Mercer, Luciano Pavarotti, and James Galway, and his achievements as a husband, father, and grandfather. A great memoir loaded with equal parts Hollywood glitz and Italian gusto.
 

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Contents

Beaver Valley
1
Max
20
What Did You Do in the War Daddy?
27
Ginny
38
Two for the Road
50
Universal Studios
62
The Salt Mine
69
Peter Gunn
83
The Pink Panther
137
The Crazy Italians
150
Blake and Julie
167
The Process
178
The Perks
186
Changes
201
Mr Lucky
212
Afterword
223

Moon River
94
Days of Wine and Roses
104
Freddie and Bud
114
HollywoodonThames
128
Postscript
235
Awards Accomplishments Discography
238
Index
247
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Gene Lees is the author of Oscar Peterson: The Will to Swing and Waiting for Dizzy, both published by Cooper Square Press. He lives in Ojai, CA.

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