Henry Mancini is probably most well-known as the composer behind The Pink Panther theme song, for which he won three separate Grammys in 1964. His other notable works include music for Blake Edwards’ late-50′s TV show Peter Gunn, the score for Edwards’ 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the score for Edwards’ 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses. His music has been sampled by everyone from Grandmaster Flash in 1986 to MF Grimm in 2006.
Bear with me here: in his interview with Nardwuar, J. Cole explained that he and his boy CED used to rhyme for days over Pete Rock’s “The Game,” a beat from The Chocolate Boy Wonder’s ’98 solo debut Soul Survivor that featured Ghostface, Raekwon, and Prodigy. For “The Game,” Pete Rock sampled the theme song from the 1974 film The Girl From Petrovka, starring Goldie Hawn and Hal Holbrook. Who scored The Girl From Petrovka theme song? Henry Mancini. Marley Marl pulled from the same Mancini tune for his collaboration with KRS-One in 2007 called “Rising To The Top.” Mancini’s versatility and fluidity between genres made him one of the most prolific composers of all time, and a prime source for contemporary sample-based producers.