Henry Mancini — Snowfall and the Pink Panther

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That was Henry Mancini’s beautiful, lush version of the Claude Thornhill composition Snowfall. No information available for personnel. I’ll stick my neck out and say it was Howard Roberts on guitar, Mancini himself on piano, and on vibes and horns, I don’t know.  (By the way, that’s an awful picture of Mancini in the post, he was really a jolly man.)

Henry Mancini, in addition to recording records, was more famous as the consummate film music orchestrator. He was, if not the top orchestrator/ composer/arranger for the motion picture industry in the last half of the 20th Century, certainly among the best of the best. Much of his work was for Blake Edwards and it was brilliant. He was a pioneer in using Jazz elements as spice in his film scores. He also helped to keep Jazz alive especially in the Los Angeles area as it was fading from the popularity charts.

Film scoring is a delicate art. A film score can add emotional impact to a film, enhance the romance, comedy, suspense, or not. I’ve experienced movies where the musical score became a distraction, done by otherwise very accomplished musicians. It is a very special art.  Henry Mancini also wrote television theme music. Henry Mancini was among the musicians I saw live in concert thanks to Aunt Eleanor.

Here is one of many of Henry Mancini’s well known theme music pieces.  The music was part of a cartoon title sequence made for the movie The Pink Panther. The personnel on the studio session included a who’s who of jazz musicians in the 1960’s L.A. jazz scene. It featured Plas Johnson’s tenor sax solo.  It helps that The Pink Panther was a great movie:

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About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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