Baby Elephant Walk - Music by Henry Mancini




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Published on Oct 17, 2012

Ich liebe Elefanten! Sie haben ein sehr ausgeprägtes Sozialverhalten. Die Herde beschützt alle Jungtiere, verletzte und alte Tiere werden von der Herde ebenfalls geschützt.

I love elephants! They have a very distinct social behavior. The herd protects all young animals, injured and old animals are protected by the herd as well.

Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini (April 16, 1924 -- June 14, 1994) was an American composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his film and television scores. He won a record number of Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.

His best-known works include the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther film series ("The Pink Panther Theme") and the theme to the Peter Gunn television series. Mancini had a long collaboration with the film director Blake Edwards and won numerous Academy Awards for the songs in Edwards films including "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's, "Days of Wine and Roses" and for the score to Victor Victoria.

Mancini also composed for Howard Hawks "Hatari!" -- which included the well-known "Baby Elephant Walk"

"Baby Elephant Walk" is a piece of music written in 1961 by composer Henry Mancini, for the 1962 release of the movie Hatari! The composer combines brass instruments (including repeated blasts from the tuba) and woodwind elements to convey the sense of a toddler that is large and plodding, but nonetheless filled with the exuberance of youth. The catchy, jazzy simplicity of the tune has made it one of Mancini's most popular works, prompting its appearance on nearly twenty later compilation and best of/greatest hits albums. As the allmusic.com album review states, "if Hatari! is memorable for anything, it's for the incredibly goofy 'Baby Elephant Walk,' which has gone on to be musical shorthand for kookiness of any stripe. Get this tune in your head and it sticks." Hal David reportedly composed lyrics to Mancini's tune, which were never used.

Mancini's version was not released as a single. The Billboard Top 100 singles were Lawrence Welk, and the Miniature Men.



Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Hal David

Make believe you're in a jungle movie.
Watch the baby elephants go by.
The beat is groovy.
It's a brand new dance you ought to try,
Come to the jungle and see the animal attraction,
baby elephants in action walk.

See the big baboon beat on the bongo
as the baby elephants advance.
Down in the Congo,
all the swinging monkeys do this dance,
Come to the jungle and see the animal attraction.
Baby elephants in action walk.

If you plan on joining a safari,
don't get dressed for going on a cruise.
The thing to carry is an extra pair of dancing shoes.
Come to the jungle and see the animal attraction.
Baby elephants in action walk.

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  • Song

  • Artist

    • Henry Mancini and His Orchestra
  • Album

    • Hatari! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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    • SME (on behalf of Lilith Records); Sony ATV Publishing, UBEM, LatinAutor - SonyATV, LatinAutor - Warner Chappell, LatinAutor, CMRRA, SOLAR Music Rights Management, and 13 Music Rights Societies


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