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Did They Mention the Music? : The Autobiography of Henry Mancini - Henry Mancini

Did They Mention the Music?

The Autobiography of Henry Mancini

By: Henry Mancini, Gene Lees (As told to)

Paperback Published: 17th December 2001
ISBN: 9780815411758
Number Of Pages: 312

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The "rags-to-riches" story of Henry Mancini (1924-1994) could come straight out of one of the many movies he scored. The Academy Award-winning composer, arranger, and conductor was born the son of poor Italian immigrants in the grim steel town of West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Taught to play the flute by his father at age eight, Mancini took up the piano soon thereafter; the bona fide child prodigy later attended Juilliard. After a stint in the Air Force during World War II, he joined Universal Pictures' music department and thus began his lifelong association with the movies.
Highly prolific, Mancini composed and arranged countless scores for movies and TV shows, and recorded more than ninety albums. His many memorable film scores include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Touch of Evil, Days of Wine and Roses, The Glass Menagerie, The Pink Panther, 10, and Victor/Victoria. In addition to winning four Oscars, Mancini took home some twenty Grammys.
Newly revised to cover Mancini's last years and tragic passing, Did They Mention the Music? contains innumerable stories and anecdotes about the great show business talents with whom he worked over the course of his forty-plus-year career: Orson Welles, Blake Edwards, Johnny Mathis, Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn, Johnny Mercer, Luciano Pavarotti, and many others. Mancini was an intensely private man; however, Did They Mention the Music? is both revealing and eminently readable.

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This book is a neat chronological recollection of personal and professional life, with some insights into the film industry and scores of names dropped along the way.--Library Journal

Prefacep. ix
Prefacep. xix
Beaver Valleyp. 1
Maxp. 20
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?p. 27
Ginnyp. 38
Two for the Roadp. 50
Universal Studiosp. 62
The Salt Minep. 69
Peter Gunnp. 83
Moon Riverp. 94
Days of Wine and Rosesp. 104
Freddie and Budp. 114
Hollywood-on-Thamesp. 128
The Pink Pantherp. 137
The Crazy Italiansp. 150
Blake and Juliep. 167
The Processp. 178
The Perksp. 186
Changesp. 201
Mr. Luckyp. 212
Afterwordp. 223
Postscriptp. 235
Awards, Accomplishments, Discographyp. 238
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780815411758
ISBN-10: 0815411758
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 17th December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43