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"Moon River" is a song composed by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini 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 the main character, Audrey Hepburn, although it has been covered by many other artists. Moon River may refer to: the song Moon River the Moon River in Ontario, Canada the community of Moon River in Ontario the Moon River in the U.S. state of Georgia There is also a tributary of the Mekong River known as the Mun River. ... John Herndon Johnny Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was a popular American songwriter and singer. ... Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was an Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was an Academy Award-winning Anglo-Dutch actress of film and theatre, Broadway stage performer, ballerina, fashion model, and humanitarian. ...

An inlet near Savannah, Georgia, Johnny Mercer's hometown, was named "Moon River" in honor of this song. Andy Williams, who recorded the song, named his production company and venue in Branson, Missouri after "Moon River". Coordinates: , County Chatham Government  - Mayor Otis S. Johnson Area  - City 202. ... For other persons named Andrew Williams, see Andrew Williams (disambiguation). ... A typical busy night on The Strip (Hwy 76) The Titanic Museum is shaped to look like the real Titanic and is a popular tourist attraction in Branson The Duttons performing their famous song where they all play each others violins at their theater in Branson Missouri Herkimer and Cecil...

The success of the song was responsible for re-launching 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. A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Jazz standard refers to a tune that is widely known, performed, and recorded among jazz musicians. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ...

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Moon River, wider than a mile,

I'm crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
Wherever you're going I'm going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world;
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end,
Waiting 'round the bend,
My huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

"Huckleberry Friend"

There is much speculation as to the meaning of the line "my Huckleberry friend".

Contrary to popular belief, the plastic Hallowe'en mask which Holly and Paul steal from a five and dime store is not that of Huckleberry Hound. His mask is a generic dog mask, as Holly's is a generic cat mask. However, the first mask Holly picks up from the bin is of Huckleberry Hound (followed by a scarecrow mask, before settling for the cat mask). Halloween (disambiguation). ... Five and dime was a common nickname in the United States for five-and-ten-cent stores (also called 5 and 10s), popular in the early to mid-20th century. ... Huckleberry Hound Huckleberry Hound is a fictional cartoon character created by Hanna-Barbera, and the star of the late 1950s animated series The Huckleberry Hound Show, Hanna-Barberas second series made for television after The Ruff & Reddy Show. ...

Instead the line could be a reference to Huckleberry Finn, the Mark Twain character who drifts down the Mississippi River on a raft, headed to a better place. Another conclusion was explained by Mercer in an interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air". In his childhood, Mercer would go collect huckleberries with friends along the river, thus it is a nostalgic reference and nothing more. Huckleberry Finn is the protagonist of Mark Twains famous book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ... Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 — April 21, 1910),[1] better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, writer, and lecturer. ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ...



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. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

"Moon River" is introduced in the film in a scene when Paul 'Fred' Varjak George Peppard discovers Holly Golightly Audrey Hepburn singing with her guitar on the fire escape outside their apartments. George Peppard, Jr. ... Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was an Academy Award-winning Anglo-Dutch actress of film and theatre, Broadway stage performer, ballerina, fashion model, and humanitarian. ...

There was much behind-the-scenes drama which erupted when studio bosses suggested deleting the song from the film. Hepburn's reaction has been described by Mancini and others in degrees varying from her saying "over my dead body" to her using somewhat more colorful language to make the same point.

Hepburn's version was not included in the original score album to Breakfast at Tiffany's. Instead an album version recorded by Mancini and his chorus was released as a single and became a Top 40 hit. It was only months after Hepburn's death in 1993 when her version was released on a album entitled "Music from the Films of Audrey Hepburn". This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


"Moon River" was released by South African singer Danny Williams, and reached the UK number one. Shortly thereafter, Andy Williams (no relation to Danny) recorded the song and made it his theme song. It was a hit for Jerry Butler in 1961. Other artists that have covered the song are The Afghan Whigs, Paul Anka, Louis Armstrong, Mary Black, Sarah Brightman, Liz Callaway, Perry Como, Ray Conniff, Bobby Darin, Ania Dąbrowska, Billy Eckstine, Judy Garland, The Innocence Mission, Bradley Joseph (instrumental), James Last, Morrissey, Patsy Ann Noble, Jim Reeves, R.E.M., Andrea Ross, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan, Westlife, and Victoria Williams. Danny Williams (January 7, 1942 - December 6, 2005) was a popular singer. ... For other persons named Andrew Williams, see Andrew Williams (disambiguation). ... Jerry Butler Jerry Butler, Jr. ... The Afghan Whigs were a soul-influenced rock band from Cincinnati. ... Paul Albert Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Mary Black is an Irish singer. ... Sarah Brightman (born August 14, 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress and dancer. ... Liz Callaway Liz Callaway (born April 13, 1961) is an American actress and cabaret singer. ... Pierino Ronaldo Perry Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an Italian American crooner during the latter half of the 20th century. ... Ray Conniff Ray Conniff (born Joseph Raymond Conniff on November 6, 1916 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA, and died October 12, 2002, Escondido, California, USA) was an American musician. ... Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) (born Walden Robert Cassotto) was one of the most popular American big band performers and rock and roll teen idols of the late 1950s. ... Anna DÄ…browska [] (stage name Ania), born 07. ... Billy Eckstine (8 July 1914 – 8 March 1993), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as William Clarence Eckstein. ... Superscript text Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The... The Innocence Mission is a band centered around the husband-and-wife songwriters Karen Peris (vocals - guitar - keyboards), and Don Peris (guitars - vocals). ... Bradley Joseph (born in 1965) is an American composer, pianist, keyboardist, arranger, and recording artist, performing on the international stage for many years with artists such as Yanni and Grammy-winner Sheena Easton, as well as having vast experience with artists from RCA, Epic Records, Warner Bros. ... James Last 2006 James Last together with fan Guenter Krueger from Berlin James Last (born Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen) is a German composer and big band leader with a large fan base in Europe and world-wide. ... Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is an English singer and songwriter from Davyhulme, near Manchester. ... Trisha Noble (b. ... Jim Reeves (August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964) was an American country singer and pop singer. ... This article is about the band. ... Andrea Christine Ross (born April 8, 1991) is an American singer and actress. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Sarah Lois Vaughan (nicknamed Sassy and The Divine One), (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer, described as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century [1]. // Sarah Vaughan was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1924. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... Victoria Williams (born December 23, 1958) is a singer/songwriter, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana but for the length of her career a resident of Southern California. ...


Mina, the stage name of Anna Mina Mazzini (born March 25, 1940), is a popular Italian singer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. ... The Audrey Hepburn Story was a 2000 television movie biography of Audrey Hepburn, a famous Hollywood movie star. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... Anwar Farid Robinson (born April 21, 1979) is an American singer/songwriter/musician who was the 7th place finalist on the fourth season of American Idol. ... Turntablism is a subgenre of pop music which emerged from hip hop. ... Eric San (born 1974 in Vancouver, Canada), who records under the name Kid Koala, is a Montreal, Quebec based DJ and turntablist. ...

Other Appearances

  • In the 1985 film Fletch when the lead character, portrayed by Chevy Chase, starts singing the song as he is given a rectal examination.
  • The song makes an appearance in an episode of Family Matters when Steve Urkel sings it to Carl Winslow while the latter is in the hospital after being shot in the bottom.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Bart on the Road," it is revealed that Nelson Muntz is an Andy Williams fan. Nelson forces the gang to make a detour to Branson so he can see his idol. The bully is reduced to tears as Williams performs an encore of "Moon River."
  • An elevator music version is featured in the 2002 film Minority Report.
  • The song is sung in Spanish with a guitar accompaniment by the main character in a pivotal scene of the 2004 film La Mala educación (Bad Education) directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
  • The song makes an appearance in the Japanese anime, Honey and Clover. It is Mayama's cell ringtone for when Rika calls and Morita also parodies the tune in a couple cases.
  • The song was the theme song of the hit Korean TV Series Lovers in Paris, where the chorus version was played when Kijoo (Carlo in the Filipino dub) told Taeyoung (Vivian) that he doesn't care what other would say about their love affair.
  • The song was played in a dance sequence involving Prior Walter and Louis Ironson in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Angels in America.
  • The song was chosen as the wake-up call on day 2 of the STS-115 mission for Commander Brent Jett.
  • The song is played in the 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July during the dance scene between Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise) and Donna (Kyra Sedgwick). Later in the film, Ron tells her that it was the most memorable thing he remembers back in high school and proceeds to sing the chorus to her.
  • Chris Berman of ESPN sings part of the song often when there is a highlight featuring San Diego Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers.
  • A later Blake Edwards film, Curse of the Pink Panther features the Surete's main computer humming a backwards version of the song as a result of Dreyfus tampering with its programming.
  • The video "Moon River" from the debut album of Andrea Ross features the Piscataqua River and was filmed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
  • Susan Sarandon's character in the 2005 film Elizabethtown tap dances to an instrumental version of "Moon River" as a tribute to her on-screen husband, played by Tim Devitt.
  • The song appears in the Season Four Finale of Sex and the City titled I Heart NY. Mr Big plays the song for Carrie when she stops by one night and she learns he is moving to Napa. He then leaves her the album in case "she gets lonely". The instrumental version of the song is played at the end while Carrie reflects on the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. This is one of many examples people use connecting Carrie to Holly from Breakfast in Tiffany's. It is available on the Sex and the City Official Soundtrack album.
  • In 2007, Barney Kessel's "Moon River Cha Cha" is used in a MasterCard commercial named "That would go great with that!" which shows a girl shopping in New York -- including a brief moment of window shopping at, appropriately, Tiffany’s.
  • Katey Sagal's character Peggy Bundy is seen singing Moon River in an episode of Married With Children

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Preceded by
"Never on Sunday" from Never on Sunday
Academy Award for Best Original Song
Succeeded by
"Days of Wine and Roses" from Days of Wine and Roses

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Moon River: Information from Answers.com (917 words)
"Moon River" is a song composed by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini in 1961.
"Moon River" is introduced by Hepburn during the sequence where George Peppard's character, Paul 'Fred' Varjak, discovers Holly Golightly (Hepburn) singing (with guitar in hand) on the fire escape outside their apartments.
Canadian turntablist Kid Koala has performed a live remix of "Moon River" as part of his sets for the past couple years, playing two copies of the record slightly out of sync.
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