Monday, April 22, 2024

An appreciation of Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn Theme."

From left: composer Henry Mancini, Peter Gunn star
Craig Stevens, and writer-director Blake Edwards
On Philadelphia's WRTI, journalist Shaun Brady writes an appreciation of Henry Mancini's theme for the 1958–61 TV detective show Peter Gunn—"its propulsive rhythm suggesting the steady thrum of tires on pavement, its skulking piano-guitar ostinato, and its Doppler-effect brass fanfares."

Some "Peter Gunn Theme" versions:

Henry Mancini and His Orchestra, Ed Sullivan Show, 1969

Emerson, Lake and Palmer, 1978

Lahti Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Nick Davies), 2011

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, 2016

Monday, April 15, 2024

Lou and Herbert Hoover, mystery fans.

On "Hoover Heads," the blog of the Herbert Hoover Library and Museum, Thomas F. Schwartz has written a series of posts on First Lady Lou Henry Hoover and President Herbert Hoover as mystery fans. 

(Photos: Herbert Hoover, Lou Henry Hoover: NYPL)

Monday, April 08, 2024

The other sides of Dorothy B. Hughes.

Mystery fans may know of Dorothy B. Hughes' considerable work as a critic and distinguished career as a novelist and biographer (e.g., In a Lonely Place; Ride the Pink Horse; Edgar nominations for The Expendable Man and a book on Erle Stanley Gardner), but I was intrigued to learn of her poetry (published under her maiden name, Dorothy Belle Flanagan).

I've updated Hughes' Wikipedia page with information on the poems I have found, short stories, and other works. Perhaps most intriguing is her mystery serial, "The Turquoise Ring Murders," that was broadcast on a New Mexico radio station in October 1933.

Monday, April 01, 2024

Sisters in Crime grants for academic research.

Sisters in Crime is offering grants for up to $500 to buy books to support research projects that contribute to understanding of the role of women or underrepresented groups in crime fiction. Potential candidates must be US citizens or legal residents of the United States or must be conducting research on US authors. The application deadline is April 30, 2024.