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Henry Mancini

"Henry Mancini" (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was an Academy Award winning American composer and arranger. He is remembered particularly for being a composer of film and television scores, and won a record number of Grammy awards (including a "Lifetime Achievement" award in 1995).

He was born "Enrico Nicola Mancini" in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

Although he was drafted into the Army during World War II, Mancini was able to get a transfer from the infantry to the band. The compositions for which he is best known include "Moon River" (the theme song from the 1961 film ''Breakfast at Tiffany's''), and the theme music for the 1963 films ''The Pink Panther'' and ''Charade''. Interestingly, he also wrote a score for the Alfred Hitchcock film ''Frenzy'' (1972) that was ultimately rejected.

He is often credited with composing the music for the ''Peanuts'' movies, the well-known theme ''Linus and Lucy'' in particular. However, these songs were composed and performed by another esteemed jazz pianist, Vince Guaraldi. Although much of Mancini's work can be classified as easy listening, he was capable of w...

date of birthApril 16, 1924
place of birthCleveland, Ohio, USA
date of deathJune 14, 1994
place of deathLos Angeles, California, USA
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