Bye, Bye
(Theme from Peter Gunn)


  • Written for the NBC/ABC television series Peter Gunn that ran from 1958-1961, created by Blake Edwards and directed by Robert Altman.
  • Peter Gunn is the epitome of cool, a suave and sophisticated private eye solving crime to a jazzy beat.

Recording History
The Anita Kerr Quartet, We Dig Mancini, RCA Camden, 1965
Art of Noise and Duane Eddy, In Visible Silence, China Records Grammy Award-winning cover of the Peter Gunn theme, 1986
The Balboas, Heavy Surf Advisory, Burn & Surf Records, 1999
Peter Banks, Progressive Rock, Purple Pyramid Records, 2009
Jeff Beck, Jeff Beck: Honors Les Paul, live New York, 2010
The Belairs, The Origins of Surf Music
The Blues Brothers' Show Band and Revue
Roy Buchanan, Roy Buchanan: Deluxe Edition, Alligator Records, 2001
Cadillac Angels, 16 Tons of Twang, Cracked Piston Recordings, 2007
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, 100 Greatest TV Themes, Silva Screen, 2002
King Curtis, Have Tenor Sax, Will Blow, ATCO Records, 33-113, 1959
Dick Dale, Dick Dale & his Deltones Greates Hits 1961-1997, GNP Crescendo, 1996
Davie Allen & The Arrows, Wild Angels and Other Themes, Curb Records, 2010
Pat Donohue, Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar, Solid Air, James R. Jensen In 2005, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album, 2004
Duane Eddy, Especially for You, Jamie, JLP-70-3006, 1959
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert, Atlantic Records, 1977
Buddy Emmons and Ray Pennington, Swingin' Our Way, Step One Records, 1994
Dave Grusin, Two for the Road: The Music of Henry Mancini, GRP, 9865, 1997
Ted Heath
The Hellecasters, The Return of the Hellecasters, Pharaoh Records, 2011
Henry Mancini his Orchestra and Chorus, The Music from Peter Gunn, RCA Victor, 447-0598 It was the first album ever to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, 1959
Gary Hoey, Monster Surf, Surfdog, 2005
The Jesters, Peter Gunn Twist / The Jester Jump, Rio, RIO-A-11, 1964
Roland Kirk and Quincy Jones, Rahsaan - The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk (Box Set), UMG Recordings, 1990
The London Theatre Orchestra and Cast, Blues Brothers, One Media Publishing, 2009
Lost Angels, Easy Rider - Dennis Hopper, Scoop, 2010
Shelly Manne, Shelly Manne & His Men Play Peter Gunn, Contemporary Records, S-7560, 1959
Mighty Mouse, Disco Circus (Compiled & Mixed by Mighty Mouse) Volume 3, Bears Eat Fish, 2012
Bobby Morganstein, The Complete TV Themes #23, Volume 1, BFM Digital, 2000
Ted Nash, Peter Gunn and Other TV Themes by Mancini, Crown
Carl Palmer, Working Live, Volume 3
Sue Raney, Sue Raney Sings the Music of Henry Mancini, Trend, TRCD 557, 1989
Ray Anthony and his Orchestra, The Best of Burlesque Volume 1, Orange Leisure, 2011
Remo Four, I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / Peter Gunn, Piccadilly Records, 7N 35175, 1964
Richard Hayman his Orchestra and Chorus, The Music of Henry Mancini, Naxos, 2006
Billy Strange, Goldfinger: The Big Sound of Billy Strange, his Guitar and Orchestra, GNP Crescendo Record Co., 1965
The Swingin' Swamis, Sookie! Sookie!, Lube, 2006
Sarah Vaughan and Max Sedgley, Verve Remixed 3, Verve Records, 2005
Sarah Vaughan, Sarah Vaughan Sings the Mancini Songbook, Mercury Records, MG 21009, 1965
The Ventures, Play Guitar with the Ventures, Volume 7, Liberty Records, 1967
Warren Barker Orchestra, The Bond Mix, Vol. 2 - Spies, Detectives, Capers & Thrillers, 2006
West End Orchestra and Singers, The Blues Brothers, Hho Licensing, 2006
Every night your line is busy
All that buzzin' makes me dizzy
Couldn't count on all my fingers
All the dates you had with swingers
Bye, bye, bye, baby
I'm gonna kiss you goodbye and go right through that doorway
So long, I'm leaving
This is the last time we'll meet on the street going your way
Don't look surprised, you know you've buttered your bread
So now it's fair, you should stare at the back of my head
If you write a letter to me
My former friend, don't you end with an R.S.V.P.
I'm going bye, bye, I'm moving
Tomorrow I may be splittin' to Britain or Norway
I'm saying bye, bye, bye baby
Now that I heard all that jazzing whereas I have had it, I've had it
I'm through now with you now
So baby it's au revouir
Adios, ciao, ciao, goodbye
Peter Gunn lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing