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Birth name: Enrico Nicola Mancini.
Born: April 16, 1924 Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Died: June 14, 1994 (age 70) Los Angeles, California, USA.

Henry Mancini biography (bio):
Henry was born Enrico Nicola Mancini in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up near Pittsburgh, in the steel town of West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. His parents came from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Henry's father, Quinto, was a steel worker, who made his only child begin flute lessons at the age of eight. When Henry was 12, he began piano lessons. Quinto and Henry played flute together in the Aliquippa Italian immigrant band, "Sons of Italy". After high school, Henry attended the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
After roughly one year at Juilliard, his studies were interrupted in 1943, when he was drafted into the army. In 1945, he participated in the liberation of a South German concentration camp, witnessing all the horrors of Nazi inhumanity.
Upon discharge, Mancini entered the music industry and became a pianist and arranger for the newly formed Glenn Miller band, led by Tex Beneke. His greatest musical passions have been for swing and jazz. After World War II, Mancini broadened his composition, counterpoint, harmony and orchestration skills during studies with two acclaimed "serious" concert hall composers, Ernst Krenek and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
In 1952, Mancini joined the Universal-International Studios' music department. During the next six years, he contributed to over 100 movies, most notably "The Creature from the Black Lagoon", "It Came from Outer Space", "Tarantula", "This Island Earth", "The Glenn Miller Story" (for which he received his first Academy Award nomination), "The Benny Goodman Story" and Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil". Mancini left Universal-International to work as an independent composer/arranger in 1958. Soon after, he scored the television series "Peter Gunn" for writer/producer Blake Edwards, the genesis of a relationship which lasted over 35 years and produced nearly 30 films. Together with Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Leith Stevens and Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini was one of the pioneers who introduced jazz music into the late romantic orchestral film and TV scores prevalent at the time. Mancinis music for "Peter Gunn" started an exceptional career as one of the most popular and successful film composers. Particularly while working on Blake Edwards pictures, he was able to develop his popular and much-beloved style, mixing romance and humor. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (with the immortal song, Moon River), and with "Days of Wine and Roses" (another Mancini standard), "Experiment in Terror", "The Pink Panther" (and all of its sequels), "The Great Race", "The Party", "Victor/Victoria" and many more Edwards pictures helped Mancini to become the sophisticated, subtle, sensitive and original composer that he was. Another director who benefitted from Mancini's elegant scoring was Stanley Donen (Charade, Arabesque, Two for the Road). Henry's score for the Alfred Hitchcock film, Frenzy (1972), was ultimately rejected and replaced by Ron Goodwin's work. Mancini also composed for Howard Hawks (Hatari!, Man's Favorite Sport), Martin Ritt (The Molly Maguires), Vittorio de Sica (Sunflower), Norman Jewison (Gaily Gaily), Paul Newman (Sometimes a Great Notion, The Glass Menagerie), Stanley Kramer (Oklahoma Crude), George Roy Hill (The Great Waldo Pepper), Arthur Hiller (Silver Streak), and Ted Kotcheff (Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?), among others.
He scored many TV movies, including "The Thorn Birds" and "The Shadow Box". He wrote his share of television themes, including "Mr. Lucky," "NBC News Election Night Coverage," "NBC Mystery Movie Theme", What's Happening, Newhart, Remington Steele, Tic Tac Dough (1990 version) and Hotel. Mancini also composed the "Viewer Mail" theme for "Late Night with David Letterman".
Mancini recorded over 90 albums, in styles ranging from big band to classical to pop. Eight of these albums were certified gold by The Recording Industry Association of America. He had a 20 year contract with RCA, resulting in 60 commercial record albums that made him a household name composer of sophisticated easy listening music.
But Henry Mancini's talents were much more elaborate than this label would suggest. He could handle big orchestral and ethnic scores with equal measures of power and ease (Lifeforce, The Great Mouse Detective, Sunflower, Molly Maguires, The Hawaiians). Regrettably, producers and directors did not often ask him to display the darker and deeper sides of his one-of-a-kind musical personality ("Experiment In Terror", "The White Dawn", "Wait Until Dark", "The Night Visitor").

Henry was also a concert performer, conducting over fifty engagements per year, resulting in over 600 symphony performances during his lifetime. Among the symphony orchestras he conducted are the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He appeared in 1966, 1980 and 1984 in command performances for the British Royal Family. He also toured several times with Johnny Mathis and with Andy Williams, who sung many of Mancini's songs.
Mancini died at the age of 70 in Beverly Hills/los angeles, California of pancreatic cancer. He left unfinished his work on the Broadway stage version of "Victor Victoria". Until his death, Henry Mancini was married to singer Virginia OConnor, with whom he had three children, twin daughters Monica and Felice and son Christopher. Monica Mancini is a singing and recording artist herself. One of her albums was a selection of her fathers most haunting and beloved songs. In 1996, the Henry Mancini Institute was founded. Here, young music professionals can further their experiences in preparation for careers in music.
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