This month, composer Henry Mancini will be honored on a U.S. postage stamp to celebrate his 40-year career of writing music for the movies. For decades, he was the leading composer of film scores, earning 20 Grammy awards and four Oscars.
From Charade to Breakfast at Tiffany's, Henry Mancini wrote music for some of Hollywood's leading movies. He also wrote for the small screen, composing the score, for example, for television detective Peter Gunn. But his compositions for films will be best remembered. Some, like Days of Wine and Roses, became classics in their own right. Henry Mancini died of pancreatic cancer 10 years ago. He would have been 80 on April 16, when the U.S. postal service will honor him with a new U.S. postage stamp.