Henry Mancini Postage Stamp


Henry Mancini Postage Stamp to be Issued

LOS ANGELES —A new commemorative postage stamp honoring SCL Hall of Fame inductee Henry Mancini was unveiled on Saturday evening before a crowd of more than 1,900 attending the 2003 Mancini Musicale at UCLA. The stamp is scheduled to be issued April 13, 2004, by the U.S. Postal Service.

“Henry Mancini’s influence on the music industry has never been stronger, and this stamp is a special way to pay tribute to his enduring genius,” said Postmaster General John E. Potter. Joining Potter on stage to introduce the stamp were Ginny Mancini, Henry Mancini’s wife, and family; Clint Eastwood, who received the 2003 “Hank” Award earlier in the program for his contributions to the music industry; and Quincy Jones, who presented the award to Eastwood.

Henry Mancini was inducted into the SCL Hall of Fame at the 2002 State of the Art Conference, Saturday, June 1st, 2002 at The Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. A popular pianist and concert conductor, Mancini left a rich legacy of catchy TV themes, hit songs and unforgettable film scores, such as “Peter Gunn,” “Moon River” and “The Pink Panther.” He won many awards, including 20 Grammys and four Oscars, and his albums have sold more than 30 million copies.

On the commemorative stamp, artist Victor Stabin’s painting shows Mancini conducting as the titles of some of his most popular film and television projects appear to scroll over a screen behind him. The Pink Panther in the lower left is a further reminder of one of Mancini’s popular works.

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