Peter Gunn (song)

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For more information on Mancini's original music for the TV show see Peter Gunn and The Music from Peter Gunn.

Original soundtrack album

"Peter Gunn" is the theme music composed by Henry Mancini for the television show of the same name.[1] The song was the opening track on the original soundtrack album, The Music from Peter Gunn, released in 1959 as RCA Victor LPM/LSP-1956.[2] Mancini won an Emmy Award and two Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Arrangement.[3]

In his autobiography Did They Mention the Music? Mancini stated: "The "Peter Gunn" title theme actually derives more from rock and roll than from jazz. I used guitar and piano in unison, playing what is known in music as an ostinato, which means obstinate. It was sustained throughout the piece, giving it a sinister effect, with some frightened saxophone sounds and some shouting brass. The piece has one chord throughout and a super-simple top line."[4]

Lyrics were added by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans and first recorded in 1964 by Sarah Vaughan in an arrangement by Bill Holman on her album Sarah Vaughan Sings the Mancini Songbook.[5] Mancini also recorded a vocal version titled "Bye Bye" that is on his 1967 soundtrack album Gunn...Number One!.[6]

Trumpeter Ray Anthony released the first single version of the song on Capitol Records in 1959. Arranged by Mancini and featuring tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson, it reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on the R&B chart.[7]

Other versions[edit]

The song has been recorded by numerous artists including a popular version by guitarist Duane Eddy. His recording of the song reached #2 in Australia, #6 on the UK Singles Chart, and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959.[8] The song appeared on his 1959 album, Especially for You.[9] The song was produced by Lee Hazlewood and Lester Sill.[10]

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

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry Mancini: Sounds and Scores, Northridge Music, Inc. 1973, 1986
  2. ^ Liner notes to RCA album LPM/LSP-1956
  3. ^ Did They Mention the Music?, Henry Mancini with Gene Lees, Published by Contemporary Books, Inc., 1989, page 236
  4. ^ Did They Mention the Music?, Henry Mancini with Gene Lees, Published by Contemporary Books, Inc., 1989, page 87
  5. ^ Liner notes to Mercury Records SR 61009
  6. ^ Liner notes to RCA Victor LPM/LSP-3840
  7. ^ Ray Anthony and His Orchestra, "Peter Gunn" Chart Positions Retrieved April 26, 2014
  8. ^ Duane Eddy, "Peter Gunn" Chart Positions Retrieved April 26, 2014
  9. ^ Duane Eddy, Especially for You Retrieved April 26, 2014
  10. ^ Duane Eddy, "Peter Gunn" single release Retrieved April 26, 2014
  11. ^ Henry Mancini, "Peter Gunn" EP release Retrieved April 26, 2014
  12. ^ Pete Candoli and His Orchestra, "Peter Gunn" EP release Retrieved April 26, 2014
  13. ^ Ted Heath and His Music, "Sermonette" single release Retrieved April 26, 2014
  14. ^ Shelly Manne and His Men, "Peter Gunn" single release Retrieved April 26, 2014
  15. ^ Deodato, "Peter Gunn" Chart Positions Retrieved April 26, 2014
  16. ^ Emerson, Lake & Palmer, "Peter Gunn" single release Retrieved April 26, 2014
  17. ^ Aretha Franklin/The Blues Brothers, "Peter Gunn" Chart Position Retrieved April 26, 2014
  18. ^ "RPM Top Singles - July 12, 1986". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  19. ^ Art of Noise, "Peter Gunn" Chart Positions Retrieved April 26, 2014
  20. ^ Art of Noise, In Visible Silence Retrieved April 26, 2014
  21. ^ "Isabel Rose Releases New Album Trouble in Paradise". Broadway Music World. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  22. ^ Peter Gunn Theme Returns To Spy Hunter Retrieved June 20, 2014
  23. ^ The Bishop Retrieved January 21, 2015
  24. ^ How I Met Your Mother, "The Rough Patch" synopsis Retrieved February 18, 2016.