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Album artwork for Pink Panther by Henry Mancini

The Pink Panther Theme, written by Henry Mancini in 1964. Mancini had just garnered a bagful of Grammy and Oscar awards for his music for Breakfast at Tiffany's when The Pink Panther writer/director Blake Edwards approached him to join the project. The resulting Panther music was almost as successful: three Grammys, an Oscar nod (though not an Oscar win), and over a year and a half riding on the charts. By sheer repetition, perhaps, the Theme (which is heard in all but one of the Edwards/Sellers Clousseau sequels and also in the cartoons), with its unforgettable da-dum da-dum -- or as the old joke goes, "dead ant, dead ant" -- introductory rhythm and suave sax solo, is the part most remembered from Mancini's score. The other cues he provided, however, are hardly less wonderful, displaying Mancini's knack for veering with surprising alacrity between velvety 1960s lounge jazz, sleek European-style pop (pretty good for a guy born in Cleveland, OH, and raised in Pennsylvania), and occasionally, more traditional incidental music. After the famous theme, the score's most successful single is the song, "It Had Better Be Tonight". Recorded in several versions (the English lyrics are by Breakfast at Tiffany's "Moon River" collaborator Johnny Mercer), the song figures into the movie most memorably at one of Blake Edward's signature "high life" scenes; it would later reappear in the Edwards/Sellers comedy, The Party), where an entertainer sings it onscreen.

Henry Mancini

Pink Panther

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Album artwork for Pink Panther by Henry Mancini
LP

£14.99£12.99

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Gatefold Deluxe 180gm.

Released 22/07/2022Catalogue Number

DOL996HG

Henry Mancini

Pink Panther

Doxy
Album artwork for Album artwork for Pink Panther by Henry Mancini by Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
Album artwork for Pink Panther by Henry Mancini
LP

£14.99£12.99

sale

Gatefold Deluxe 180gm.

Released 22/07/2022Catalogue Number

DOL996HG

The Pink Panther Theme, written by Henry Mancini in 1964. Mancini had just garnered a bagful of Grammy and Oscar awards for his music for Breakfast at Tiffany's when The Pink Panther writer/director Blake Edwards approached him to join the project. The resulting Panther music was almost as successful: three Grammys, an Oscar nod (though not an Oscar win), and over a year and a half riding on the charts. By sheer repetition, perhaps, the Theme (which is heard in all but one of the Edwards/Sellers Clousseau sequels and also in the cartoons), with its unforgettable da-dum da-dum -- or as the old joke goes, "dead ant, dead ant" -- introductory rhythm and suave sax solo, is the part most remembered from Mancini's score. The other cues he provided, however, are hardly less wonderful, displaying Mancini's knack for veering with surprising alacrity between velvety 1960s lounge jazz, sleek European-style pop (pretty good for a guy born in Cleveland, OH, and raised in Pennsylvania), and occasionally, more traditional incidental music. After the famous theme, the score's most successful single is the song, "It Had Better Be Tonight". Recorded in several versions (the English lyrics are by Breakfast at Tiffany's "Moon River" collaborator Johnny Mercer), the song figures into the movie most memorably at one of Blake Edward's signature "high life" scenes; it would later reappear in the Edwards/Sellers comedy, The Party), where an entertainer sings it onscreen.