10 by Mancini in 1960

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Hollywood composer, arranger and conductor Henry Mancini released four albums in 1960—two soundtracks and two instrumental LPs. The scores were for the film High Time and the TV series Mr. Lucky. The instrumentals were The Blues and the Beat and The Mancini Touch. Their cool swing, jauntiness and instrumental textures were in sync with the minimalist space-age feel of the year and the palm-lined breeziness of Beverly Hills. [Photo above of Henry Mancini courtesy of Ginny Mancini]

Here are 10 Mancini songs from these four albums that are quintessentially 1960:

Here's So Neat from High Time...



Here's The Beat from The Blues and the Beat...



Here's Free and Easy from The Mancini Touch...



Here's Night Flower from Music From Mr. Lucky...



Here's Moon Talk from High Times...



Here's How Could You Do a Thing Like This to Me from The Blues and the Beat...



Here's a Cool Shade of Blue from The Mancini Touch...



Here's That's It and That's All from Music From Mr. Lucky...



Here's Tiger! from High Time...



And here's Politely from The Mancini Touch...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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