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Moon River

Composed by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Henry Mancini (music) in 1961.

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 15 Sep 2016Visits: 151Code: UL512

Topic: Jazz leadsheet ukulele Subjects: Ballad Standard Waltz

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Moon River

Moon River is a song composed by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Henry Mancini (music) in 1961, for whom it won that year's Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was originally sung in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's by Audrey Hepburn, although it has been covered by many other artists. The song also won the 1962 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

It became the theme song for Andy Williams, who first recorded it in 1961 and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremonies in 1962. He sang the first eight bars at the beginning of his television show and also named his production company and venue in Branson, Missouri after it. Williams' version was vetoed by Cadence Records president Archie Bleyer, who believed it had little or no appeal to teenagers.[citation needed] Andy Williams' version never charted, except as an LP track, which he recorded for Columbia in a hit album of 1962.

The success of the song was responsible for re-launching Mercer's career as a songwriter, which had stalled in the mid-1950s because rock and roll replaced jazz standards as the popular music of the time. An inlet near Savannah, Georgia, Johnny Mercer's hometown, was named Moon River in honor of him and this song. The popularity of the song is such that it has been used as a test sample in a study on people's memories of popular songs.

  • <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOByH_iOn88" target="_blank">Breakfast at Tiffany´s</a>-- <a href="http://youtu.be/flm4xcOyiCo" target="_blank">Andy Williams - Moon River 1960's performance</a>
  • <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_River"><strong><span class="SERIF caps">WidipediA</span></strong>: <strong>Moon River</strong></a>
  • <a href="http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-6/moonriver.htm"><strong>jazzstandards.com listing</strong> for Moon River</a>
  • <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054698/"><strong>Breakfast at Tiffany´s</strong></a> </ul>

Moon River is in the The Daily Ukulele 365 Songs for Better Living book.

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