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Henry Mancini: Interview 2

Interview Two: Spotlighting the Composer

Les Tomkins interviews the American composer, conductor and arranger (best remembered for his film and television scores).

Interview: 1970

Source: Jazz Professional

Interview Text or Transcript

My film and television writing breaks would not have happened had I not had my earlier experience with dance bands. I did a lot of writing for Army bands, and continued afterwards. I was with the Tex Beneke/ Glenn Miller bands right after the war, playing piano and arranging. I never played too well—that's why I prefer writing. I was forced into it. I couldn't keep up with the boys who were playing around that time—so I kind of gravitated to writing.

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