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.
The concert included Tchaikovsky 's Overture with firework accompaniment over the River Thames. Shortly before his death in , he made a one-off cameo appearance in the first season of the sitcom series Frasier , as a call-in patient to Dr.
Frasier Crane's radio show. Mancini voiced the character Al, who speaks with a melancholy drawl and hates the sound of his own voice, in the episode "Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast? Mancini also had an uncredited performance as a pianist in the movie Gunn , the movie version of the series Peter Gunn , the score of which was composed by Mancini. In the Pink Panther cartoon Pink, Plunk, Plink , the panther commandeered an orchestra and proceeded to conduct Mancini's theme for the series.
At the end, the shot switched to rare live action, and Mancini was seen alone applauding in the audience. Mancini also made a brief appearance in the title sequence of 's Son of the Pink Panther , allowing the panther to conduct Bobby McFerrin in performing the film's theme tune. Mancini died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles on June 14, Mancini was survived by his wife of 43 years, singer Virginia "Ginny" O'Connor, with whom he had three children.
In , Mrs. Mancini was one of the founders of the Society of Singers , a non-profit organization which benefits the health and welfare of professional singers worldwide. Additionally the Society awards scholarships to students pursuing an education in the vocal arts. His son Christopher is a music publisher and promoter in Los Angeles.
In , the Henry Mancini Institute, an academy for young music professionals, was founded by Jack Elliott in Mancini's honor, and was later under the direction of composer-conductor Patrick Williams. Monterose — J. Monterose is top of many a jazz record collector's wishlist. Jolly What!
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Don't Be That Way. Blue Skies. Her mother played piano every evening and taught her to play and sing. Her younger brothers included Miles, Al , a vocalist and composer, and Charles , a lyricist. Mildred also accompanied her mother to traditional native ceremony where she heard and practiced the traditional songs and lyrics that would later influence her unique singing voice. Josephine died from tuberculosis at the age of 36, threatening Mildred's ability to remain connected to her native family and traditions in a way that she was able to while her mother was alive.
Soon after Josephine's death, Mildred's father remarried, bringing a daughter and creating a tumultuous and unhappy house where Mildred and her siblings were systematically pushed out of by her new stepmother. She and her aunt were involved in a serious car accident a short time later which killed her aunt and left Mildred with serious physical and emotional scars.
At age 17, Rinker moved to Seattle and worked as a sheet music demonstrator at Woolworth's. She married and divorced Ted Bailey, keeping his last name because she thought it sounded more American than Rinker,  which was of Swiss German origin.
They had traveled from Spokane to join her in Los Angeles. Giddins says Crosby heard about Louis Armstrong from Bailey, who urged him to hear Armstrong if Crosby was to be a serious jazz singer. Whiteman had a popular radio program for Old Gold Cigarettes , and when Bailey debuted on it with her version of " Moanin' Low " on August 6, ,  favorable public reaction was immediate.
However, Bailey's first recording with Whiteman did not take place until October 6, when she recorded a song called "My Goodbye to You". She recorded four sides for Brunswick in with the Casa Loma Orchestra. In Bailey married Red Norvo , a xylophonist, improviser, and band leader who had worked with Paul Whiteman.
A dynamic couple, they were married until and were known as "Mr. They remained friends after their divorce. From to , Norvo recorded for Brunswick with Bailey as primary vocalist , and Bailey recorded for Vocalion , often with Norvo's band. Some of her other recordings featured members of Count Basie 's band.You Took the Words Right Out of My Heart () on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more.