The Pink Panther Theme
|"The Pink Panther Theme"|
"The Pink Panther Theme" cover
|Song by Henry Mancini from the album The Pink Panther|
"The Pink Panther Theme" is an instrumental composition by Henry Mancini written as the theme for the 1963 film The Pink Panther and subsequently nominated for the 1964 Academy Award for Best Original Score. The cartoon character created for the film's opening credits by David DePatie and Friz Freleng was animated in time to the tune. The tenor saxophone solo was played by Plas Johnson.
In the 1978 film Revenge of the Pink Panther, the theme, and much of the soundtrack from this entry in the series, draw heavily from the "disco" trends of the late 1970s. The theme itself was reworked to include a more dancy bassline, electric piano, and guitar solo. A similar thing was done for 1983's Curse of the Pink Panther, where it had more electronic sounds incorporated.
In the 1993 film Son of the Pink Panther, the theme was rearranged and performed by Bobby McFerrin in the opening titles. This version was unique in being the only version to be done in the style of acapella.
A tango version of the theme is a standard part of Cuarteto Almagro's repertoire as "Pantera Tanguera." It was released on their album "Hemisferios" in 2003.
During a recorded concert by The Brian Setzer Orchestra (featured in The Brian Setzer Orchestra: The Ultimate Collection) while playing a version of "Stray Cat Strut," the band slows down and plays "The Pink Panther Theme."
Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal used the music as his solo during the band's Chinese Democracy 2009/10 Tour.
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