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Oscar, Grammy Winner Henry Mancini, Dead 30 Years, Takes Numbers 1 and 2 on iTunes Albums


Henry Mancini is back on top.

The legendary hit composer of movie soundtracks, TV themes, and hit records has the numbers 1 and 2 albums on iTunes today.

Mancini died in 1994 at 70. There’s a 100th birthday celebration going on with an album of seven of his compositions reworked with the likes of Lizzo on flute, and Michael Buble singing.

The album is called “The Henry Mancini 100th Sessions” and it’s number on iTunes.

CBS Sunday Morning ran a piece on all this last fall. But they re-ran this morning and now Mancini is riding high.

His most memorable music? Theme from the Pink Panther movies, theme to the “Peter Gunn” Tv series, the song “Moon River,” and dozens more including “Dear Heart” and soundtracks to movies like “Love Story” and “Days of Wine and Roses.” He was a particular favorite of director Blake Edwards, and singer Andy Williams.

The new tribute album includes not just Michael Buble covering “Moon River,” but a reworked version with the movie’s star, Audrey Hepburn, on vocals. Lizzo — playing the flute — appears on “The Pink Panther” theme with James Galway, and “Peter Gunn” features Quincy Jones, John Williams, Arturo Sandoval and Herbie Hancock.

The new versions are revved up but retain all their original integrity. Then you have the Greatest Hits at number 3, as fans want to hear where it all started.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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