The 1961 Oscar for Best Original Song of the Year presented at the 34th Academy Awards Ceremony, went to “Moon River” from the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” with music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
The songwriting duo’s “Moon River also won the 1961 Grammy for Song of the Year.
All in all, “Moon River won three Grammys in addition to the Oscar. OSML posts about it here.
The 1962 Oscar for Best Original Song of the Year presented at the 35th Academy Awards Ceremony, went to “Days of Wine and Roses” with music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
“DOWAR” also won three Grammys including both the 1962 Record of the year and Song of the year which you can read about here at OSML.
The following year, the 1963 Oscar for Best Original Song of the Year went to the “other” award winning duo of the era, James Van Heusen (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics), for the song “Call Me Irresponsible” from the comedy “Papa’s Delicate Condition” starring Jackie Gleason and Glynnis Johns.
Gleason introduced the song in the film, but many, many artists sang the award winning tune with the versions by Frank Sinatra and Jones receiving the most notoriety: please listen to both and tell me which you prefer. I want to hear from you so vote below.
First listen to Mr. Sinatra’s live performance of “CMI” on a 1963 “Bob Hope Show.”
Next up here’s Jack Jones’ performing the song in 1964 on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”
- “Moon River” Musings (everythingoldisnewagain.net)