At a time when most television shows used a generic orchestra for the background, Henry Mancini and his orchestra's "Peter Gunn" theme had a distinctive touch that set the standard for many years to come. The theme is widely credited with lending the main character even more of an air of suave sophistication. To this day, the song is definitively associated with the crime fiction genre.

A hip, bluesy, brassy number with an insistent piano-and-bass line, the song became an instant hit for Mancini, earning him an Emmy Award and two Grammys. A soundtrack album by Henry Mancini reached No. 1 in Billboard's Pop LP charts. Most recently, Jeff Beck earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Rock Album category for Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, which included a cover of Peter Gunn.

"The Peter Gunn Theme" has been performed by numerous jazz, blues, and rock artists. Versions of the theme have appeared in films including The Blues Brothers and Sixteen Candles. For your listening pleasure and synch consideration, we give you:

"PETER GUNN"



 
 

HENRY MANCINI
(RCA/Sony, 1959)

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DUANE EDDY
(Jamie, 1959)

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QUINCY JONES
(Mercury/UMG, 1964)

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SARAH VAUGHAN
Aka "Bye Bye"

(Mancini/Evans/Livingston)
(Mercury/UMG, 1965)

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HENRY MANCINI
Aka “Señor Peter Gunn”
(RCA/Sony, 1965)

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DEODATO
(MCA/UMG, 1976)

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GRANDMASTER FLASH
"Style"

(Sugar Hill/WMG, 1986)

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ART OF NOISE
feat. Duane Eddy
(Sire/WMG, 1986)

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CHRIS MANCINI & LENNART
"A Shot in the Dark/Peter Gunn"
(Under the Gunn Mix)

(Virgin/EMI, 2004)

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THE MANCINI INSTITUTE
(Estate Owned, 2005)

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KILLERGROOVE FORMULA
Aka “Peter Gunn No. 1”
(Lounge, 2006)

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JEFF BECK
feat. Duane Eddy
(Atco/WMG, 2011)

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All songs written by Henry Mancini except where noted.

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