Peter Gunn (song)

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"Peter Gunn"
Single by Duane Eddy
from the album Especially for You
B-side "Along the Navajo Trail"
Released June 1959
Genre Rockabilly
Length 2:23
Label Jamie Records 1168
Writer(s) Henry Mancini
Producer(s) Lee Hazlewood, Lester Sill
Duane Eddy singles chronology
"The Lonely One"
"Peter Gunn"

"Peter Gunn" is the theme music composed by Henry Mancini for the television show of the same name. The song has been performed by many artists including guitarist Duane Eddy. His version of the song reached #2 in Australia, #6 on the UK Singles Chart, and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959.[1] The song appeared on his 1959 album, Especially for You.[2] The song was produced by Lee Hazlewood and Lester Sill.[3]

The song is the theme to the television show Peter Gunn. Mancini won an Emmy Award and two Grammys for the theme.

Other versions[edit]

In Popular Culture[edit]

  • The song was the inspiration for The B-52's song Planet Claire, written in 1977 and released both on their self-titled album and as a single in 1979. Guitarist Ricky Wilson was a noted fan of Mancini.
  • The song was featured in the popular arcade game Spy Hunter in 1983, when developer Midway was unable to secure the rights to the James Bond theme. The Peter Gunn theme is still featured in most re-releases of the game today.[14]

A version of the song also appears in the game Rock n' Roll Racing.