"Moon River" is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer. It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its first performance by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. It also won Mancini the 1962 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Mercer the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
It became the theme song for Andy Williams, who recorded it in 1961.
Mercer and Mancini wrote the song for Audrey Hepburn to fit her vocal range. Initially, the lyrics started, "I'm Holly, like I want to be / like Holly on a tree back home ..."; however, they were later changed to fit the theme of the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
This version by the South African singer Danny Williams reached the number one in the UK in the final week of 1961.
My parents had this single, so it had always been around the house as I was growing up. I did eventually buy another copy of it at a later date from a record fair for £2, as our family copy was wellworn from being played so often.