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Henry ManciniReinventing Film Music$
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John Caps

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036736

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036736.001.0001

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Not Quite Jazz

Not Quite Jazz

(p.12) Chapter 2 Not Quite Jazz
Henry Mancini

John Caps

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details events in Mancini's life after he was released from active army duty in March 1946. His old master sergeant in the army became one of the arrangers for what was called the Glenn Miller Orchestra with Tex Beneke, and a job was found for him there, first as an occasional arranger and in the late 1940s as the band's rather underused pianist. He eventually grew close to Beneke band singer, Ginny O'Connor, who convinced Henry that they should quit the Beneke band to settle near Los Angeles, and that they should get married. The year 1950 would bring two important milestones to Mancini's biography: a first-born son named Christopher and the first evidence of Mancini writing dramatic music for the media—in this case, orchestral background scores for a dramatic radio series called Family Theater over the Mutual Broadcasting Network out of Hollywood.

Keywords:   Henry Mancini, Tex Beneke, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ginny O'Connor

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