The Sound of Music

Henry Mancini’s Reluctant Orchestra

Tom Zimberoff

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©1987 Tom Zimberoff ….. Top left to right: Gary Owens, Steve Allen, Andy Williams. Middle: Julie Andrews, Sue Rainey, and Laurindo Almeida. Bottom: Dudley Moore, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis

Henry Mancini’s famous melodies are part of America’s cultural DNA: the loopy perambulation of a fluty organ with an e-flat clarinet in “Baby Elephant Walk,” the pile-driving trombones in “The Theme from Peter Gunn,” a tenor saxophone that creeps up from behind like a “Pink Panther.” Three eponymous movies gave us Charade, Days of Wine and Roses, and the syrupy…

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