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In , he became a pianist and arranger for the newly re-formed Glenn Miller Orchestra , led by 'Everyman' Tex Beneke. After World War II, Mancini broadened his skills in composition, counterpoint, harmony and orchestration during studies opening with the composers Ernst Krenek and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
In , Mancini joined the Universal-International 's music department. During this time, he also wrote some popular songs. This was the genesis of a relationship in which Edwards and Mancini collaborated on 30 films over 35 years. Mancini's score for the Alfred Hitchcock film Frenzy in Bachian organ andante, for organ and an orchestra of strings was rejected and replaced by Ron Goodwin 's work. He wrote many television themes, including Mr.
Salute to the President was published only in a school-band arrangement, although Mancini performed it frequently with symphony orchestras on his concert tours. Songs with music by Mancini were staples of the easy listening genre from the s to the s. Lawrence Welk held Mancini in very high regard, and frequently featured Mancini's music on The Lawrence Welk Show Mancini made at least two guest appearances on the show.
Mancini briefly hosted his own musical variety TV show in a similar format to Welk's, The Mancini Generation , which aired in syndication during the —73 season.
Mancini recorded over 90 albums, in styles ranging from big band to light classical to pop. Eight of these albums were certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. He had a year contract with RCA Victor , resulting in 60 commercial record albums that made him a household name among artists of easy-listening music.
Mancini's earliest recordings in the s and early s were of the jazz idiom; with the success of Peter Gunn , Mr. Lucky , and Breakfast at Tiffany's , Mancini shifted to recording primarily his own music in record albums and film soundtracks. Relatively little of his music was written for recordings compared to the amount that was written for film and television.
In this period, for two of his best-selling albums he was joined by trumpet virtuoso and The Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen. Mancini was also a concert performer, conducting over fifty engagements per year, resulting in over symphony performances during his lifetime. He appeared in , and in command performances for the British Royal Family.
He also toured several times with Johnny Mathis and also with Andy Williams, who had each sung many of Mancini's songs; Mathis and Mancini collaborated on the album The Hollywood Musicals. In he conducted an impromptu charity concert in London in aid of Children In Need.2. "Bobby's Girl" (Kassner) 3. "Let's Dance" (Morris) 4. "Venus in Blue Jeans" (Parnes) 5. "Lovesick Blues" (Lawrence Wright) 5: n.a. West End venue for U.S. stars Frank Ifield's starry birthday celebration Big Star line-up for poll concert Joe Loss Xmas party on Tornados: Gold Disc on TV Crickets' presents Conway to Holland Tillotson at 'Club'.