Morning Mixtape TV Themes: ‘Peter Gunn Theme’ By Henry Mancini (1958)

Peter Gunn” was an excellent hard-boiled detective series that ran on NBC-TV from 1958 to 1961. Gunn (Craig Stevens) is a well-dressed, smooth-talking and jazz-loving private investigator who oozes cool in his Plymouth Fury. He takes cases of all kinds for $1,000 fee and is always on the winning end when the show’s 30 minutes are up. “Peter Gunn” was created by Blake Edwards, who is probably most famous for his work on “The Pink Panther” films. The show also marks an early collaboration between Edwards and composer Henry Mancini, who wrote the “Peter Gunn Theme,” which would become a hot-selling record and a prime cover tune pick for years. Mancini wrote several scores for Edwards films, including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which spawned to the hit “Moon River,” which would become the signature tune of Iowa native Andy Williams.

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