No, dummy, not Ghostbusters...you call "HENRY"
Henry Mancini, of course. Though he's been dead for over 10 years, his music can be heard almost daily. His unique talent made movies special, unforgettable. Such elegance, such debonair. Like olives to the martini, Mancini was a perfect match to stars such as Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, and to the wonderful voice of Julie Andrews.
The theme song to "Peter Gunn" may have been Mancini's jumping board(and what a board it was), but he is probably more famous for "Moon River". Along with lyricist, Johnny Mercer, the song became an even bigger hit for Andy Williams. Check out this site's tribute to Moon River and be sure to click Bob Dylan's rendition. Strange, to say the least.
"The Days of Wine and Roses", "Baby Elephant Walk", "Theme from Pink Panther", "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "Arabesque", "Mr. Lucky", "Wait Until Dark", and "Charades" are but a fraction of the huge Mancini musical portfolio.
I am not sure I have a certain favorite, but I often hum this little tune:
When we played our Charade we were like children posing,
Playing at games, acting out names, guessing the parts we played.
Oh, what a hit we made. We came on next to closing
Best on the bill, lovers until love left the masquerade.
Fate seemed to pull the strings, I turned and you were gone.
While from the darkened wings the music box played on.
Sad little serenade, song of my heart's composing,
I hear it still, I always will, best on the bill Charade.
Another favorite is "Whistling Away the Dark" from "Darling Lili" (Short soundclips here)
However you like your Mancini, smooth or jazzed, the dude is a great alternative to Porky Pig singing "Blue Christmas".