Moon River (2:02)

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“Moon River” is a song composed by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Henry Mancini (music) in 1961, for whom it won that year’s Academy Award for Best Original Song. It is most well-known for being sung in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Audrey Hepburn, although it has been covered by many other artists.

It became the theme song for Andy Williams, who first recorded the song in 1961 and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremonies in 1962. He sang the first eight bars of the song at the beginning of his television show; he also named his production company and venue in Branson, Missouri after Moon River. Williams’ version was vetoed by Cadence president Archie Bleyer, who believed it had little or no appeal to teenagers. Williams’ famous version never charted, except as an LP track, which he recorded for Columbia in a hit album of 1962.

The success of the song was responsible for relaunching Mercer’s career as a songwriter, which had stalled in the mid-1950s because rock and roll replaced jazz standards as the popular music of the time. An inlet near Savannah, Georgia, Johnny Mercer’s hometown, was named Moon River in honor of him and this song. The popularity of the song is such that it has been used as a test sample in a study on people’s memories of popular songs.

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Mercer and Mancini wrote the song for Audrey Hepburn to fit her vocal range. Initially the lyrics started, “I’m Holly, like I want to be / like Holly on a tree back home…”, however they were later changed to fit the theme to the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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  • veruschkan

    Oh, the best, BEST version! Love me some sweet dreams sung by Audrey! "We're after the same rainbow's end, my huckleberry friend..." Awww...so beautiful.

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    Audrey <3

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Dominicanbred

    Audrey wasn't a great singer but the song Itself is still nice

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    "Every time I listen to Moon River it's as if I'm hearing it for the first time...yet somehow like I've known it all my life!" Well said. I love Audrey.

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tiger7

    There is a recording of Michael Jackson who sings this song live. I know a 13-second clip of it. Must have been the early 80s. If anyone knows where you can see the entire performance, please let me know.

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tiger7

    This song is like an intimate embrace. She sings it in an indescribable way.

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WinsomeWinnower

    "My huckleberry friend and me" ----- Oh if the world was filled with Audreys, what a wonderful world it would be!!!

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • phantasmic_moon

    moon river<3

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gartenfreude

    there is the even more romantic?

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Upperhandedx

    her voice likens to Marilyn..yet in their biggest films ..their voices were dubbed.by Ms.Nixon...too bad because they both had good voices...

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • saaddiction

    her voice is just so flawless. beautiful. just. wow.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • future-dreamer

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • cardroia

    Every time I listen to Moon River is as if I'm hearing it for the first time...yet somehow like I've known it all my life!

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • gazettemessage

    great version

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • hooray_bianca

    my everything

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • kali_ram

    great song!

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • LFireproof

    Love Audrey...not so sure of the singing. LOL

    10 Jul 2012 Reply
  • mattertrack

    ...always weeping when listening to this song

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Stilf

    ;-))

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • bella-scala

    einer der schönsten Frauen weltweit

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
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