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It Had Better Be Tonight

From the musical

Pink Panther



Music by Henry Mancini, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Originally Performed by Dionne Warwick

Meglio stasera (known in English as It Had Better Be Tonight) is a 1963 song with music by Henry Mancini, Italian lyrics by Franco Migliacci and English lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was composed for the 1963 film The Pink Panther where it was performed by Fran Jeffries. In addition to the vocal performance, instrumental portions of the song appear in the film's underscore, sometimes as an introduction to the main "Pink Panther Theme".

The beginning of the song, in the original Italian, is here followed by a literal translation and the first two lines of the English version which contains an Italian expression, "Fa' subito!", which translates as "do it right away", but which does not appear in the Italian lyrics. However, all the versions carry the same underlying meaning of "Let's make love tonight, because who knows what will happen tomorrow."

    Release Date: 1963


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Henry Mancini : The Henry Mancini Collection : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088533830 : 1617740098 : 00313522

Henry Mancini : The Henry Mancini Collection

With four Oscars and 20 Grammys to his credit, Henry Mancini is one of the most successful composers and arrangers of all time. This superb collection includes 45 songs spanning his illustrious career, including his popular television theme songs and movie classics: Baby Elephant Walk - Breakfast at Tiffany's - Charade - Days of Wine and Roses - Inspector Clouseau Theme - Le Jazz Hot - Mr. Lucky - Moon River - Newhart Main Title Theme - Peter Gunn - The Pink Panther - Remington Steele Theme - A Shot in the Dark - The Thorn Birds - Whistling Away the Dark - and more.

Songlist: Sometimes, Crazy World, You And Me, A Shot In The Dark, Inspector Clouseau Theme, March Of The Cue Balls, Arabesque, Slow Hot Wind (Lujon), Baby Elephant Walk, Experiment In Terror, Breakfast At Tiffany's, I'll Give You Three Guesses, Smile Away Each Rainy Day, Whistling Away The Dark, Charade, Days of Wine and Roses, Dear Heart, Dreamsville, Mr. Lucky, A Cool Shade Of Blue, How Soon, The Molly Maguires, Theme From Hatari, Mostly For Lovers, It's Easy To Say, The Dancing Cat, What's Happening, Moment To Moment, In The Arms Of Love, Le Jazz Hot, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20316b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Vocal Point : Maximum A Cappella : 00  1 CD : 5062380

Vocal Point : Maximum A Cappella

Brigham Young University's premiere 9-man a cappella ensemble, Vocal Point is known for their solid vocal percussion, innovative arrangements and pure vocal firepower. "Back in Blue," the group's eighth album, is a collection of 16 sixteen well-chosen covers. Some favorites are Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," Earth, Wind & Fire's anthem "September," Hairspray's very funny "Nicest Kids in Town," Sesame Street's "Telephone Opera" complete with hilarious new words, "Game Day," a tribute to popular sports songs, a wonderful arrangement of Josh Groban's "Remember When It Rained," Huey Lewis & The News' "Hip to Be Square." and James Stevens' a cappella arrangement of the powerful, beautiful "Lead, Kindly Light." VP has a fresh, spirited, bright sound that animates these songs and draws us in every time. "Back in Blue" is great Collegiate entertainment and a stone winner!

Songlist: Hip to Be Square, Got to Get You Into My Life, I'm Yours, Inspector Pachuco, Remember When It Rained, Grace Kelly, The Nicest Kids in Town, Game Day, Opera #2 (Vitas), September, We All Need Saving, Telephone Opera, It Had Better Be Tonight, Lead, Kindly Light, Jump, Jive an' Wail

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5982c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Greg Gilpin : Fire and Rain : Showtrax CD : 884088476151 : 35027120

Greg Gilpin : Fire and Rain

A James Taylor classic, Greg's arrangements for SATB, SAB and TBB voices reflect the original recording and add lush vocal harmonies that melt into the incredible lyric. Sure to be an audience and performer favorite, it is a stunning pop ballad and an enduring concert selection. Available separately: SATB, SAB, TBB, StudioTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:35.

Songlist: The Way We Were, Love is Here to Stay, knickknack, The Garden, The Lords Prayer, African Sanctus - Finale and Gloria, Jack's Valentine , Barbara Allen, Can't Buy Me Love, A Belen Pastores (Villancico), J'ai Cu Le Loup, America, The Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner, Friendship Song, Canciones Hispanas, Halo, A House Is Not A Home, Gone, Gone, Gone, Axel F, Lollipops and Roses, For Good, Heartbreaker, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, Lullaby of Birdland, Kids in America from The Sing-Off, Wake Me Up!, Best Day of My Life, The First Noel, Gravedigger, and more

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| Showtrax CD | $26.95


Individual Folios

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It Had Better Be Tonight : SATB : Alan Billingsley : Henry Mancini : Michael Buble : Pink Panther : Showtrax CD : 00-28674 : 038081312187

Alan Billingsley : It Had Better Be Tonight

Itis a spicy Latin flavored number as recorded by Michael Bublé. And hereis the surprise: it was written by legendary songwriters Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer! This hot, rhythmic arrangement captures the excitement of the Bublé version in a full-fledged choral style.

Arranger: Alan Billingsley | Composer: Henry Mancini | Lyricist: Johnny Mercer Performed By: Michael Buble | Musical: Pink Panther

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-28674 | Showtrax CD Available


It Had Better Be Tonight : SAB : Alan Billingsley : Henry Mancini : Michael Buble : Pink Panther : Sheet Music : 00-28675 : 038081312194

Alan Billingsley : It Had Better Be Tonight

Itis a spicy Latin flavored number as recorded by Michael Bublé. And hereis the surprise: it was written by legendary songwriters Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer! This hot, rhythmic arrangement captures the excitement of the Bublé version in a full-fledged choral style.

Arranger: Alan Billingsley | Composer: Henry Mancini | Lyricist: Johnny Mercer Performed By: Michael Buble | Musical: Pink Panther

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-28675 | Showtrax CD Available


It Had Better Be Tonight : SSA : Alan Billingsley : Henry Mancini : Michael Buble : Pink Panther : Sheet Music : 00-28676 : 038081312200

Alan Billingsley : It Had Better Be Tonight

Itis a spicy Latin flavored number as recorded by Michael Bublé. And hereis the surprise: it was written by legendary songwriters Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer! This hot, rhythmic arrangement captures the excitement of the Bublé version in a full-fledged choral style.

Arranger: Alan Billingsley | Composer: Henry Mancini | Lyricist: Johnny Mercer Performed By: Michael Buble | Musical: Pink Panther

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-28676 | Showtrax CD Available


It Had Better Be Tonight : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Henry Mancini : Michael Buble : Pink Panther : Sheet Music : 00118818 : 884088901882

Kirby Shaw : It Had Better Be Tonight

Originally written by Johnny Mercer for The Pink Panther in 1963 and covered by Michael Bublé on his Call Me Irresponsible album from 2007, this uptempo classic sizzles with Latin fire. Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Combo parts available digitally (tpt 1, tpt 2, tsx, tbn, syn, gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 2:20.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Henry Mancini | Lyricist: Johnny Mercer Performed By: Michael Buble | Musical: Pink Panther

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00118818 | Showtrax CD Available


It Had Better Be Tonight : SAB : Kirby Shaw : Henry Mancini : Michael Buble : Pink Panther : Sheet Music : 00118819 : 884088901899

Kirby Shaw : It Had Better Be Tonight

Originally written by Johnny Mercer for The Pink Panther in 1963 and covered by Michael Bublé on his Call Me Irresponsible album from 2007, this uptempo classic sizzles with Latin fire. Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Combo parts available digitally (tpt 1, tpt 2, tsx, tbn, syn, gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 2:20.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Henry Mancini | Lyricist: Johnny Mercer Performed By: Michael Buble | Musical: Pink Panther

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00118819 | Showtrax CD Available


It Had Better Be Tonight : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Henry Mancini : Michael Buble : Pink Panther : Sheet Music : 00118820 : 884088901929

Kirby Shaw : It Had Better Be Tonight

Originally written by Johnny Mercer for The Pink Panther in 1963 and covered by Michael Bublé on his Call Me Irresponsible album from 2007, this uptempo classic sizzles with Latin fire. Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Combo parts available digitally (tpt 1, tpt 2, tsx, tbn, syn, gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 2:20.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Henry Mancini | Lyricist: Johnny Mercer Performed By: Michael Buble | Musical: Pink Panther

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00118820 | Showtrax CD Available

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