These lyrics by Johnny Mercer were his favourite of all the wonderful ones he wrote. The music changed Henry Mancini's career, bringing him his first Academy Award ( in 1961 ) and broadening his reputation beyond the jazzy 'Peter Gunn' and 'Mr. Lucky' kind of scoring he'd been doing. The song was almost cut from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. But clear heads prevailed and it actually helped the film become big box office. And for Perry Como? 'Moon River' gave Perry another dreamy ballad to sing in his inimitable dreamy style.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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Notes: ~ introduced by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and winner of Academy Award and Grammy Award ( NARAS ) for Song of the Year. Recordings by Mancini, Jerry Butler and Andy Williams.
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