It's a simple song—only ten lines long—but the soaring melody and romantic lyrics provided a dreamy soundtrack for the film adaptation of the Truman Capote classic, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Believe it or not, the studio was reportedly LP) that Hepburn wasn't a strong enough singer.
At first, they had wanted to dub another voice over hers. But composer Henry Mancini, the man behind The Pink Panther theme, was able to create a tune specifically for Hepburn's limited range by watching her performance in Funny Face. It took him about a month to write the first three notes, and the rest came to him within a half hour after that, Mancini's widow, Ginny, recalled in a interview with BBC.
For the words, Breakfast At Tiffanys / Moon River - Unknown Artist - 60 Grosse Film Und TV-Hits (Box Set went to Mercer, who throughout his career penned the lyrics for more than 1, songs. Although many might Imminent Suffocation - Aunts Analog - The Sudden End thought Manhattan-based Golightly was referring to the Hudson River in New York, the song was actually inspired by the waterways of a Southern city.
The working title, "Blue River," was adjusted when he realized the title was already taken. As for the huckleberries?
Well, Mercer picked them as a kid. Incredibly, the iconic song almost never even made it into the movie. The screenplay was simply too long, prompting the head of Paramount Pictures to suggest cutting the scene famously set on the fire escape outside of Golightly's New York City apartment. We were quiet for a minute or two and then there was a barrage of reasons why it should stay in the film and cuts should be made in other areas.
In the end, it's said that Hepburn put her foot down, insisting that the song should stay. And thank goodness she did. The charming acoustic version offered a raw look at the lead character, dressed down in jeans and a sweatshirt instead of her usual party dresses and jewels—not to mention inspired wanderlust in audiences everywhere.
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