Post office plans stamp for Henry Mancini

WASHINGTON (AP) - Henry Mancini, the composer of "Moon River" and music for the "Pink Panther" movies, will be honored on a postage stamp next year.
The design will show the Cleveland native conducting while titles of his works appear to scroll past on a screen behind him.
It will be unveiled in Los Angeles on Aug. 16.
"Henry Mancini's influence on the music industry has never been stronger, and this stamp is a special way to pay tribute to his enduring genius," Postmaster General John Potter said Wednesday.
Mancini's work for the "Peter Gunn" series became the first jazz album to sell more than a million copies. It won two Grammys.
From the 1950s to the early 1990s, Mancini (pictured, above) created scores for more than 70 films, including "Moon River," the theme of "Breakfast at Tiffany's;" "The Pink Panther;" "The Great Race," and "10."
His television works included themes for "Mr. Lucky," "Newhart," "Remington Steele" and "Hotel."
Mancini was born April 16, 1924, and was taught by his father to play the piccolo. He attended New York's Juilliard School of Music on a scholarship.
At 18, Mancini was drafted into the Army Air Corps and assigned to a military band.
After the war he became pianist for the reorganized Glenn Miller Orchestra and later moved to California where he began composing for film and television.
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