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. Since its original performance, the song has been covered by many other artists.
It became the theme song for Andy Williams, who first recorded it in 1961 and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremonies in 1962. He sang the first eight bars at the beginning of his eponymous television show and named his production company and venue in Branson, Missouri after it. Williams' version never charted, except as an LP track, which he recorded for Columbia in a hit album of 1962.
Moon river wider than a mile I'm crossing you in style someday You dream maker, you heartbreaker Wherever you're going I'm going your way
Two drifters off to see the world There's such a lot of world to see We're after the same rainbow's end Waiting 'round the bend My huckleberry friend, moon river and me
(Moon river, wider than a mile) (I'm crossin' you in style some day) Oh dream maker, you heart breaker Wherever you're going, I'm going your way
Two drifters off to see the world There's such a lot of world to see We're after the same rainbow's end, Waiting 'round the bend My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me