|"Days of Wine and Roses"|
|Single by Andy Williams|
|from the album Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests|
|A-side||"Can't Get Used to Losing You"|
|Songwriter(s)||Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer|
|Andy Williams singles chronology|
"Days of Wine and Roses" is a popular song, from the 1962 movie of the same name.
Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training. It stands in contrast to both art music and traditional or "folk" music. Art music was historically disseminated through the performances of written music, although since the beginning of the recording industry, it is also disseminated through recordings. Traditional music forms such as early blues songs or hymns were passed along orally, or to smaller, local audiences.
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Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 drama film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller adapted from his own 1958 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name.
The music was written by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.They received the Academy Award for Best Original Song for their work, as well as the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Song of the Year. In 2004 it finished at #39 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
Henry Nicola Mancini was an American composer, conductor, arranger, pianist and flutist who is best remembered for his many film and television scores. Often cited as one of the greatest composers in the history of film, he won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.
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They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
|Andy Williams||Adult contemporary||9|
|Billboard Hot 100||26|
|Henry Mancini||Billboard Hot 100||33|
|Billboard Easy Listening||10|
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