Henry Mancini’s 1961 composition of “Moon River” was originally written for Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, to sing in the cult classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. After the movie’s release the song became wildly popular and branched into several different arrangements, including a jazz standard. The piece swept every award show in 1962 including winning Song of the Year at the Grammy’s.
The lyricist, Johnny Mercer, wrote “Moon River” to be reminiscent of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia with connections to his favorite book, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. However, the song is mainly interpreted as a wanderlust love song.
If you know me personally you know that I have been obsessed with Audrey Hepburn since I was a little girl, so naturally, I adore this song, and it has been on my list to record for quite some time. I hope you will enjoy my rendition of this pretty little ballad.