I love Blake Edwards films;The Party, the Pink Panther series, and today’s subject, Breakfast At Tiffany’s. What I especially love however are his soiree scenes. The man is veritable auteur of party antics and behavior. His conducting of straight guests and bumbling pratfallers has all the precision and wit of a Rube Goldberg contraption. Not surprisingly I am also big fan of his chief composer Henry Mancini, the king of versatile cover versions. One can take any of his tunes, and all are malleable, like today’s example, Moon River, and there are literally dozens of easy listening, folk/acoustic, rock, bossa nova, indie and funk/soul renditions. Which leads us to Moon River and reggae. Not quite sure why musicians of the latter took to Mancini’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme, other than the fact Jamaicans have always been fanatical for American film and really know how to take a classic love song and rework it into some real Kinsgton style soul. Of which we’ve got six dynamite classic reggae, rocksteady and ska covers of Audrey Hepburn’s finest from The Jubilees, B.B. Seaton, Alton Ellis, Greyhound, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and Johnny Arthey Orchestra (AKA Reggae Strings).
PS Those in Thee Versions Galore Facebook Fanclub with a mega crushes on Audrey Hepburn, but can’t understand why they always had to bring in a vocal double for her singing parts, got her version of Moon River on the wall for you…