Flashback.. May 4th, 1959 the very First Annual Grammy Awards took place and awarded film composer Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994) the very first Album of the Year Award for The Music From Peter Gunn! A half century later, Mancini’s theme The Pink Panther released in 1963 is still alive and kicking and fresh as ever!
One of my ultimate favorite instrumental tracks, The Pink Panther was released as a single in 1964 by RCA Records reaching Top 10 in the Adult Contemporary Billboard and winning 3 Grammy Awards including an Academy Awards nomination for original Music Score. Mancini went on to receive an accolade record number of Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. Great inspired music is everlasting!