The 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses, directed by Blake Edwards, starred Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick (pictured). Composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer wrote the film's theme music, which would win the 1963 Academy Award for Best Original Song. That same year, their "Moon River," written for 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's, also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
- Cuban Missile Crisis: USSR to build missile bases in Cuba; Kennedy orders Cuban blockade, lifts blockade after Russia backs down.
- Johnny Carson takes over hosting duties of The Tonight Show.
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"Days of Wine and Roses," written by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, was written for the 1962 film of the same name. The song is composed of only two sentences, one for each stanza. A jazz standard, the song has been recorded many times by such artists as Perry Como, Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass and others. However, it is Andy Williams's version that is the best-known. Song Information