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One of the most sensual mid-tempo ballads ever written is Henry Mancini’s Dreamsville. It was written by Mancini for the TV-detective series Peter Gunn, which aired from 1958 to 1961. The song’s melody first appeared in the “Kidnap” episode, during season 2, as well as on several other episodes. I found it here, at 27:14…

The words were written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. During a 1994 70th birthday concert honoring Henry Mancini, Mancini himself conducted as Sue Raney sings an exquisite rendition

Here’s George Shearing…

Here’s Mancini playing as Andy Williams sings…

Here’s Quincy Jones’s arrangement of the song, from his 1964 album Explores the Music of Henry Mancini, with Bobby Scott on piano…

Here’s Herb Geller on alto sax with Shelly Manne and His Men in 1959…

Here’s Wes Montgomery from Portrait in Jazz in 1963…

Here’s Bobby Hackett from Plays the Great Music of Henry Mancini in 1963…

Here’s Oscar Peterson from his 1969 Motions & Emotions album, arranged by Claus Ogerman…

And finally, the rare track of Henry Mancini playing the song solo during his visit with Marian McPartland on her NPR radio show Piano Jazz in March 1985…

Dreamsville

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