“Days of Wine and Roses” Performed by Henry Mancini & Nancy Wilson (1962)

February 24, 2011

#33 Pop 1963

Young Henry Mancini was the arranger and pianist for the Glen Miller Orchestra. Then he decided to  start writing scores. After composing the score to the Abbott & Costello film “Lost In Alaska” the requests for scores started rolling in.

In the Fifties he subsequently scored “The Glenn Miller Story,” “The Benny Goodman Story” and “Touch of Evil” movies and the “Peter Gunn” TV show (I loved this popular TV theme, played it on piano, but never watched the show).

It was in the Sixties that his film scores started a streak of Grammy Gold for Mancini,  beginning with “Moon River” in 1961 and “Days of Wine and Roses” from the film of the same name in 1962.

“Days” not only won the 1962 Grammy for Best Song of the Year for the composers Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer — but it also won as 1962 Grammy Record of the Year for Mancini’s Recording, and the 1962 Best Background Arrangement by Mancini.

In addition to the three Grammy statuettes, “Days of Wine and Roses” was presented the 1962 Academy Award as best song presented,  April 8, 1963 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to Henry Mancini (music) and  Johnny Mercer (lyrics)

Of course the song was covered by most vocalists of the era, but my favorite rendition is by Nancy Wilson. So without further ado here she is courtesy of YouTube.

Musically Yours,



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