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The Henry Mancini 100th Sessions
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The Henry Mancini 100th Sessions

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Michael Bublé, Lizzo, Stevie Wonder & More Help Celebrate Centennial of Henry Mancini’s Birth

Mancini seemed to have a charmed life and career, except for dying at the relatively young age of 70.

April 16 marks the centennial of Henry Mancini’s birth. The composer won album of the year at the inaugural Grammy Awards in 1959 (for The Music From Peter Gunn) and was the first composer to win back-to-back Oscars for best original song (for “Moon River” and “Days of Wine and Roses,” both written with lyricist Johnny Mercer).

The Mancini family is celebrating the centennial on multiple fronts, and has announced The Henry Mancini 100th Sessions – Henry Has Company. The album, with a title that nods to Ray Charles’ posthumous 2004 hit Genius Loves Company, will be available June 21 via Primary Wave. The first single, “Peter Gunn” — featuring Quincy Jones, John Williams, Herbie Hancock, and Arturo Sandoval — is out now.

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