Skip to main content

Image / Henry Mancini receives Billboard Award

Have a question about this item?

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Henry Mancini receives Billboard Award
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Henry Mancini (1924-1994) was a pianist, composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his film and television scores. Born Enrico Nicola Mancini in Cleveland, Ohio, he grew up in the steel town of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Mancini began piccolo lessons at the age of 8 and piano lessons at the age of 12. He graduated high school in 1942 and attended the renowned Juilliard School of Music in 1943, but after only one year at Juilliard, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Soon after he was discharged from the Army in 1946, Mancini became a pianist and arranger for the very newly re-formed Glenn Miller Orchestra where he broadened his composition, counterpoint, and orchestration skills. In 1952 Mancini joined the Universal Pictures music department where for the next 6 years, he contributed music to over 100 movies. In 1958, he left Universal to work as an independent composer/arranger and it was here where he connected with writer/producer Blake Edwards developing a working relationship that lasted over 35 years, and scoring nearly 30 films and television series. Throughout his career Mancini recorded over 90 albums in styles ranging from big band to light classical to pop; eight of these albums were certified gold. In addition, he recorded 60 commercial albums for RCA Records, with whom he had a 20-year contract. During his lifetime, Mancini conducted over 600 symphony performances - a rate of approximately fifty engagements per year, as well as conducting nearly all of the leading symphonies of the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to name but a few. In the course of his career, Mancini was nominated for an unprecedented 72 Grammys, winning 20; was nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning four; won a Golden Globe Award; was nominated for two Emmys; and won a total of four Oscars. Sadly, Mancini died on June 14, 1994 of pancreatic cancer, he was 70 years old.
Photograph article dated March 14, 1960 reads, "Hank Mancini, RCA Victor composer-conductor, accepts the Billboard Award for "Most Promising Band of 1959" Bob McCluskey, right, Billboard representative. At left is Dick Pierce, manager of RCA Victor's West Coast operation."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
HCNVT_d006_f27_i13; H-2023
Mancini, Henry
RCA-Victor Company
Arrangers (Musicians)--United States
Award presentations--California--Los Angeles
Conductors (Music)--United States
Composers--United States
Pianists--United States
Awards--California--Los Angeles
Valley Times Collection photographs

Explore related content on Calisphere: