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Henry Mancini Biography

Henry Mancini

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but brought up in Pennsylvania, where he played the flute in a local band, as a youth, before sending some arrangements to Benny Goodman. Goodman offered him a job and, after serving in WWII, he joined the rearranged Glenn Miller band. In 1952, he was given a two-week assignment at Universal to work on an Bud Abbott and Lou Costello film and ended up staying for six years. Success with The Glenn Miller Story (1954) allowed him to score many other films, helping along the way to change the style of film background music by injecting jazz into the traditional orchestral arrangements of the 1950s. He was nominated for 18 Oscars and won four; in addition, he won 20 Grammys and 2 Emmys, made over 50 albums and had 500 works published.
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Mancini collaborated extensively with Blake Edwards -- firstly on TV's "Peter Gunn" (1958), then on Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), which won him two Oscars; he won further Oscars for the titles song for Days of Wine and Roses (1962) and the score for Victor Victoria (1982); he will be best-remembered for the theme tune for The Pink Panther (1963).

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  • Razzie Award
    (1987, 1981 years)
  • Oscar
    (1987, 1980, 1977, 1972, 1971, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1955 years)
  • Grammy
    (1988, 1983, 1979, 1976, 1970, 1967, 1961 years)
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