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Peter Gunn (detective drama, starring Craig Stevens)

     (NBC, 1958 - 1960)
     (ABC, 1960 - 1961)

     [Blake Edwards produced this series about a dapper detective
      who liked to hang out in an after-hours jazz club called
     "Mother's" where his lady friend character -- named Edie -- 
      sang sultry songs. Edie was played by vocalist Lola Albright.]


Theme: "Peter Gunn"

    [aka: "Peter Gunn Theme";

     Although Mancini conceived the general scoring style for the
     series as "West Coast jazz", he admitted he used a Rock and Roll
     beat for its raucus THEME, which became his first big hit...
     In his 1989 autobiography "Did They Mention The Music?", 
     Henry Mancini wrote the following thoughts about this THEME:

    "I used guitar and piano in unison, playing what is known as
     an ostinato, which means obstinate. It was sustained throughout
     the piece, giving it a sinister effect, with some frightening
     saxophone sounds and some shouting brass. The piece has one
     chord throughout and a super-simple top line. It has been
     played throughout the years by school marching bands as well
     as rock bands throughout the world. The synth group The Art
     Of Noise had a major hit with it in 1987. Never has so much
     been made of so little." ...so said Mancini...]

     Composer: Henry Nicola ("Hank") Mancini (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: Northridge Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
                         sole selling agent: Chappell & Co., Inc.

     1997 Publisher:  All Nations Music (ASCAP)

     Copyright Date: 1958, and 1959, on Piano sheet music

     Recordings:
          LP: "The Music From Peter Gunn" (1959)
              RCA-Victor LPM/LSP-1956
              Orchestra conducted by Henry Mancini

     ReIssue:
          CD: "The Music From Peter Gunn"
              BMG/RCA 1956-2-R (reissue of LPM/LSP-1956)
              Orchestra conducted by Henry Mancini             


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