The Music from Peter Gunn

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The Music from Peter Gunn
Soundtrack album by Henry Mancini
Released 1959
Recorded In Hollywood August 26 and 31, and Sept 4 and 29 1958
Genre Jazz
Length 39:52
Label RCA Victor
Producer Simon Rady
Henry Mancini chronology
Music from Peter Gunn (Laserlight)
The Music from Peter Gunn

The Music from Peter Gunn is a 1959 album by Henry Mancini, RCA Victor LPM/LSP-1956, the soundtrack of the TV series Peter Gunn. It was the first album ever to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1959. It was followed by More Music from Peter Gunn RCA Victor LPM/LSP-2040. The opening theme music is notable for its combination of jazz orchestration with a straightforward, rock 'n roll beat.

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."[1]

The Music from Peter Gunn was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
  1. "Peter Gunn" – 2:06
  2. "Sorta Blue" – 2:57
  3. "The Brothers Go to Mother's" – 2:56
  4. "Dreamsville" – 3:51
  5. "Session at Pete's Pad" – 3:57
  6. "Soft Sounds" – 3:35
  7. "Fallout!" – 3:13
  8. "The Floater" – 3:15
  9. "Slow and Easy" – 3:04
  10. "A Profound Gass" – 3:18
  11. "Brief and Breezy" – 3:31
  12. "Not from Dixie" – 4:09


Musicians vary from song to song, but include:[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Did They Mention the Music?, Henry Mancini with Gene Lees, Published by Contemporary Books, Inc., 1989, page 87
  2. ^ "The National Recording Registry 2010". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  4. ^ Adapted from booklet for 1999 Buddha Records CD reissue