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Billboard 1967/04/29

PARIS - The movement toward opening up Eastern Europe to Western European popular music will get a big boost on May 25 when Franco sends a complete variety show, headed by Barclay star Mireille Mathieu, to the Soviet Union for a month's tour.
The show, organized by Bruno Coquatrix, director of the Paris Olympia Theater, and subsidised by the Frcnch and Soviet governments, will feature in addition to Mile. Mathieu, Festival Records star Michel Delpech; the Folk Quartet, a new group from Lyons; the Arthur Plasschaert Ballet Co., and a 30-picce orchestra directed by Paul Mauriat.
The show will play eight days in Moscow, 10 days in Leningrad and eight days in Kazan in the Urals.

The Daily Inter Lake 1968/02/11
by Mae Bushby

Paul Mauriat is man with the name when it tomes to top 45's for the week. His "Love Is Blue " has hit the number one spot on the Hot 100 chart and is presently number three in the Easy Listening section.
 "Love Is Blue " has been on the charts for only six weeks and. has steadily climbed to reach its peak of popularity.
Three weeks ago Mauriat's record was 47th on the list, jumping to 18 two weeks ago, up to seventh position last week and taking the final big step to number one his week, Mauriat has an album now making its fast rise to stardom.
The album entitled "Blooming Hits " features "Love Is Blue ", or as the French would say "L'Amour Est Bleu ". Also included in this album are songs such as "This is My Song ", "Something Stupid ", "A Kind of Hush " as well as other songs, many of which have French titles. This promises to be a big one.
Vikki Carr leads the Easy Listening chart with her single named The Lesson. followed by To Each His Own by Frankie Lane. Love Is Blue by Paul Mauriat and Am 1 That Easy To Forget by Engelbert Humperdinck.
 "Skip A Rope " by Benson Cargil headed the Country and Western 45's while "Here Comes Heaven " by Eddy Arnold and Sing Me.

Billboard 1968/02/17

NEW YORK - A new wrinkle in music publisher-record company relationship has developed over the question of the ethics of switching the flip or "B " side of a hit single during the course of its hot sales run. The music publishers are concerned about side-switching, or recoupling, because they fear that if they ever have the good fortune to be on the bottom side of a hit single, the record company can arbitrarily halt the pressing run and replace the "B " side with a song it favors more or with one in which it has a vested interest.
The publishers are disturbed that the practice of switching couplings in midstream may become widespread and that the "free ride " and the payoff that comes from being on the back side of a hit, which they consider one of the breaks of the game, will be taken away from them. The switch, the)' say, could be made by a record company that prefers another publisher or by a record company that wants to get one of its own songs on the back of a hit. The fact that virtually all of the top record companies now have their own music publishing subsidiaries makes the other music publishers even more nervous.
The big single switch came to light last week when the "B " side of Philips Records' hit single, Paul Mauriat's "Love Is Blue ", was changed from "Alone in the World " to "Sunny. " Both "Love Is Blue " and "Alone in the World " are published in the U. S. on a sub-publishing deal by Robert Colby's Croma Music, an ASCAP affiliate. The French publisher of "Love Is Blue " is published by Editions Musicales Tutti. "Alone in the World " is published in France by Editions Mauriat, the composer's firm; Editions Banco and Editions Tremplin. "Sunny, " which was written by Bobby Ebb, is published by Portable Music, a BMI affiliate, in a tieup with Emarcy Music, which owns 8 per cent of the song. Emarcy Music is the publishing wing of Mercury Records, a sister company of Philips Records.

Merchandising Decision
It's understood that the switch was made as a merchandising decision to help push Mauriat's Philips catalog. The "Sunny " side had previously been included in a Philips album titled "More Mauriat ".
It's been estimated that the "Love Is Blue' single has already sold close to 600,000 copies and by the way it's holding up on the charts, a sale of well over one million is anticipated. So now Portable-Emarcy's "Sunny " is in for the "free ride " instead of Colby's Croma copyright, "Alone in the World. "
Colby has alerted the Harry Fox Office, publisher's representative, and the American Guild of Authors & Composers (AGAC), of which he is a member of the executive counsel, to the development.
Meantime, Colby is getting plenty of action elsewhere on his "Love Is Blue " copyright. The song, composed by Andre Popp with a French lyric by Pierre Cour and an English lyric by Bryan Blackburn, has picked up recordings by Manny Kellem's Orchestra and Chorus (Epic), Al Martino (Capitol), Charlie Byrd (Columbia), Claudine Longet (A&M), Johnny Mathis (Columbia), Peter Nero (RCA Victor), Bing Crosby
(Pickwick). Les Baxter (GNP), Johnny Mann (Liberty), Frank Purcell (Liberty). Andre Koste-lanetz (Columbia), Vicky (RCA International in Canada) and Monique Leyrac (CBS International in Canada).

Sheet Copies
Sheet copies of "Love Is Blue " is also selling at a hefty pace. An estimated 150.000 copies of the vocal version have been sold while the piano solo version has racked up sales of about 50,000 copies. Criterion Music, the selling agent of the song for Croma, has also hit the sheet market with accordion solo, stage band, marching band, all organ, guitar solo, simplified piano solo and choral versions. Joe Goldfeder of Criterion reports that "Love Is Blue " is the biggest sheet seller he's had in years.
Even though "Alone in the World ", which was written by Mauriat and A. Pascal, was yanked off the "Love Is Blue " Philips single, Colby isn't giving up on it. He's writing an English lyric to the song which is to be recorded in France by Mireille Mathieu.
 "Love Is Blue " is Colby's second big click with a French song. His other was "Free Again ", for which he did the musical adaptation and wrote the English lyric. Barbra Streisand recorded "Free Again " last year for her Columbia album titled "Je M'Appelle Barbra. " Columbia is now planning to title Miss Streisand's next album "Free Again " which will include her original recording of the song.
Colby leaves for France Monday (12) for a 10-day visit with publishers and writers. He then plans to go to England for a week to hold discussion with the publishers and writers there.

Billboard 1968/02/17

CHICAGO - Paul Mauriat and his orchestra have been cleared by the U.S. Immigration Department for a trip to the U.S. and a Sunday (18) appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show " (CBS-TV).
The Philips artist, who has the top single on the "Hot 100 " chart with "Love Is Blue ", will arrive in Chicago Tuesday (13). After conferences here with Philips product manager Lou Simon and other Mercury Record Corp. officials, Mauriat will go to New York and work Wednesday (14) through Friday (16) on the television show.
He'll return to France Saturday (17).

The Daily Times 1968/02/17

Jane Powell. Bobbie Gentry, George Chakiris, Franco Corelli, Paul Mauriat, the Muppets, Jordan are guests on "The Ed Sullivan Show ", live and in color from New York Sunday (8-9 p.m.) on the CBS Television Network.
Jane Powell, who opens an engagement this month at the Persian Room of New York's Plaza Hotel, will present a song medley.
Bobbie Gentry, young recording star noted for her "Ode to Billy Joe ", will sing and give her instrumental randinion of a number of popular tunes.
George Chakiris, winner of an Academy Award for his performance in the motion picture "West Side Story ", will sing and dance to a medley of songs from that musical, accompanied by a dancing chorus.
Tenor Franco Corelli of the Metropolitan Opera will perform a classical selections.
Paul Mauriat, whose instrumental rendition of "Love Is Blue " is currently a best-selling record, will give his piano version of that number, accompanied by dancers choreographed by Peter Gennaro.
The Muppets will present a novelty puppet routine and Rodney Dangerfield will deliver a comedy monologue. Will Jordan, who was "the voice of Ed Sullivan " in the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie ", will present a monologue of jokes and mimicry.

The Daily Inter Lake 1968/02/18
by Mae Bushby

 "Love Is Blue " by Paul Mauriat and "Spooky " by the Classics IV were listed as the two top selling 45's at McIntosh Music in the past week. "Love Is Blue " is currently number one in the nation according to Billboard and Spooky is holding down the number three spot.
McIntosh reported the top selling albums to be "Magical Mystery Tour " by the Beatles, presently number one throughout the country, and "Blooming Hits " by Paul Mauriat which has not as yet reached the lop ten LP's.
Thinking in classical lines the classical albums making the top five as listed by Billboard writers for the past week were 1. "West Meets East " by Yehudi Menuhin and Ravi Shankar. 2. Strauss: "Elektra ", which is done in two LP's, by various artists. 3. Verdi: "Aida ", in three LP's by various artists. 4. "Prima Donna ", Vol. 2, by Leontyne Price. 5. Verdi: "La Traviata " by various artists.
Country and Western record fans have expressed appreciation for mention being made of the C&W records and for those music lovers here arc the listings for the past week from Billboard Magazine. Henson Cargill's "Skip A Hope " led the singles, follow ed by "Here Comes Heaven " by Eddy Arnold. 3. "Sing Me Back Home " by Merle Haggard. 4. "Promises, Promises " by Lynn Anderson. 5. "Rosanna's Going Wild " by Johnny Cash.
The Country and Western albums for the past week as listed by Billboard were 1. "By the Time I Get To Phoenix ". 2. "Turn the World Around " by Eddy Arnold. 3. "What Locks the Boor " by Jack Greene. 4. "You Mean the World To Me " by David Houston. 5. "Branded Man " by Merle Haggard and the Strangers.
 "Love Is Blue " has certainly made it big in the United Stales recently. Paul Mauriat's instrumental version of this song has been number one on the Hot 100 chart for two weeks now and seems to still be holding strong. However, Mauriat's rendition is not the only one increasing in popularity.
Al Martino has a recording of "Love Is Blue " which has hit the 76 spot in HOT 100 and is on the move upward. Billboard also made mention of another account of this song as done by Andy William's pert little wife, Claudine Longet.
The magazine listed Miss Longet's recording in the Spotlight Singles. When a song is spoken of in this section it simply means Billboard writers predict that particular song to reach at least the top SO, and possibly higher. As Billboard put it. this haunting melody from France is the perfect vehicle for the whisper like voice of Claudine. Compelling English narration enhances the French vocal.
 "Love Is Blue " by Claudine Longet has the flip side "Think of Rain ". At any rate, the end of "Love Is Blue " is far from us.
Billboard's listing of the top ten 45's for the past week was 1, "Love Is Blue " by Paul Mauriat. 2. "Green Tambourine " by the Lemon Pipers. 3. "Spooky " by the Classics IV. 4. "Judy In Disguise " by John Fred and His Playboy Band. 5. "Chain of Fools " by Aretha Franklin. 6. "I Wish It Would Rain " by the Temptations. 7. "Go in' Out of My Mind " by the Lettermen. 8. "Nobody But Me " by the Human Beinz. 9. "Woman, Woman " by the Union Gap. 10. "Bend Me, Shape Me " by the American Breen.
The top 5 LP's for the past week as listed by Billboard were 1. "Magical Mystery Tour " by the Beatles. 2, "Their Satanic Majesties Request " by the Rolling Stones. 3, "Greatist Hits " by Diana Ross and the Supremes. 4, "Ninth " by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. S, "John Wesley Harding " by Bob Dylan.

Billboard 1968/02/24
By Mike Hennessey

PARIS - Paul Mauriat. French band leader - arranger, is banking on the click of his "Love Is Blue " Philips record in the U.S. to start a swing toward instrumental in France with a similar cash-in for his band leader colleagues. Mauriat is one of four band leader-arrangers in France. The others are Caravelli (CBS), Frank Pourcel (Pathe-Marconi) and Raymond Lefevre (Riviera), Lefevre scores on the Hot 100 this week with "Soul Coaxin " (4 Corners of the World).
The four band leaders regularly produce albums of orchestral treatments of international hits but Mauriat is the first to have achieved disk success of such magnitude.
As Mauriat arrived in the U.S. last week for a promotional visit that includes an appearance on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show Sunday (18), Philips France reported that the "Love Is Blue " single racked up more than one million sales in the U.S. Artists and repertoire manager Jean-Jacques Tilche said that Lou Simon, Philips head in Chicago, confirmed the sales figures by telephone and also reported sales of 300,000 albums containing the "Love Is Blue " track.
Before leaving for the States, Mauriat completed an album of South American music for Philips and on his return will begin recording a new album of international hits. Between Feb. 24 and March 1, he will make a tour of the major radio stations in the U.S.
The background of the instrumental hit of "Love Is Blue " is one of the strangest success stories to come out of France. The song, by Andre Popp (music) and Pierre Cour (lyrics), was written a year ago and selected to represent Luxembourg in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest. It was sung by Polydor artist, Vicky, and finished fourth. The recording however, did not have a distinguished sales career.
The Mauriat instrumental on the Philips label took off in the States the early part of this year and since has sparked many follow-up records in both instrumental and vocal versions. An English lyric was written by Bryan Blackburn.
The song has also become a top sheet music seller in this U.S. More than 150,000 copies of the vocal version have been sold and the piano version is over the 50,000 mark Also on the market are sheet versions for accordion solo, stag band, marching band, all organ guitar solo, simplified piano solo and choral.
The song is published in France by Philips publishing affiliate, Tutti, and in the U.S. on a sub-publishing deal by Robert Colby's Croma Music (ASCAP). Criterion Music is the selling agent for Croma of the sheet music.

The Daily Inter Lake 1968/03/03
by Mae Bushby

 "Low Is Blue " has found its way to fame with such artists as Paul Mauriat and Al Martino. No two more recordings artists have made their contributions toward this song, Manny Kellem and His Orchestra have recently put out a new album with "Love Is Blue " as the lead sore, and Lawrence Welk is trying his hand at it.
On Walk's album "Love Is Blue " is of course, the lead song with past and present hits such as Green Tambourine, We Can Kly, Spooky, The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener and others included.
But trey's record department reported selling "Love Is Blue " by both Pain Mauriat and Al Martino, Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde by George Fame, Hey Little One by Glen Campbell and Young Girl by Oie linlon Gap among the top sellers for the week.
The Haider's new album Gain' To Memphis was listed with Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles to make McIntosh's two top albums. Just. Dropped In by the First Edition, and -Simon Says by the 1010 Fruitgum Co. were their best selling 45's.
Earlean's fastest selling singles for the week were Low Is Blue by Paul Mauriat, Judy In Disguise by John Fred & His Playboy Band and Too Much Talk by Paul Revere and the Raiders. The album most readily selected off the record Shelves at Earlean's during the week was Who ill Answer by Ed Ames,
Thinking along Country and Western lines Benson Cargiil's Skip A Hope was the top-rated single for the week. Other C&W singles receiving top national ratings by Billboard were Take Me To Your World by Tammy Wynette, and World Of Our Own by Sonny James.
Paul Mauriat's version of Love Is Blue was rated number one on the Easy Listening chart in Billboard, Second In line was To Each His Own by Frankie Laine, with Love Is Blue as done by Al Martino number three. (Theme From) Valley of the Dolls by Dionne Warwick and If You Ever Leave Me by Jack Jones were number four and five respectively, on the Easy Listening chart for the week.
The Monkees have just put out a new single. Valleri, the first side, was originally penned by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Valleri lias an easy-beat while the flip side, Tapioca Tundra, is a swinger with a driving beat, and megaphoned vocal work-out Jennifer Eccla by the Hollies is speculated by writers to start its ell tub on the charts very soon and was stated as being a powerful topper for their Dear Elouise. Jennifer Eccla has the flip Try It.
Donavan has also recently reloaded a single all about Jennifer. This time it's Jennifer Juniper. This song l "as a folk-beat rhythm per formed very well by Donavan who also wrote it. The top ten 45's as listed by Billboard for the week wore
1. "Love is Blue " by Paul Mauriat
2. (Theme From) "The Valley of the Dolls " by Dionne Warwick.
3. (Sittin' On) "The Dock of the Bay " by Otis Redding.
4. "I Wish It Would Rain " by the Temptations.
5. "Simon Says " by the 1910 Fruitgum Co.
6. "Spooky " by the Classics IV.
7. "Just Dropped In " (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) by the First Edition.
8. "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight " by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
9. "Bottle of Wine " by the Fireballs.
10. "Everything That Touches You " by the Association.
Billboard's list of the top five albums for the week was
1. "Blooming Hits " by Paul Mauriat & His Ork.
2. "John Wesley Harding " by Bob Dylan.
3. "Magical Mystery Tour " by the Beatles.
4. "Bold As Love " by Jimi Hendrix Experience.
5. "Lady Soul " by Aretha Franklin.

Billboard 1968/03/09

NEW YORK - Paul Mauriat was presented with two Record Industry of America "million seller " gold records last week for the Philips Records' single. "Love Is Blue " and for the LP, "Blooming Hits ", which contains the single. Mauriat, currently recording in Paris, is considering a U.S. concert tour during the coming months.

Billboard 1968/03/15

PARIS - Bob Colby of Croma Music was here to meet executives of Editions Tutti and the writers of "Love Is Blue ", Pierre Cour and Andre Popp. Colby also met bandleader-arranger Paul Mauriat. He brought from the U.S. copies of all the recorded versions of the song.
Meanwhile, new versions of the song have been recorded in France by Michele Torr (Philips), Rachel (Barclay) and "Les Compagnons de la Chanson " (CBS).

Nashua Telegraph 1968/03/23

Week after week Paul Mauriat manages to hold tightly to the top spat in Ute nation's record race. His "Love Is Blue'1 still heads the singles list while "Blooming Hits " dominates the long-play field.
Joining the albums was Aretha Franklin's "Lady Soul " while her single, "Since You've Been Gone " got into the running in ninth' place in the singles race Here's the rundown:

Top Ten Singles
1. "Love Is Blue " -Paul Mauriat.
2. "Simon Says " - NineJcen Ten Fniit Gum Company
3. "The Dock Of The Day " -Otis Redding
4 "Valley Of The Dolls " - Dianne Warwick
5. "Just Dropped " - The First Edition
6. "Valleri " - The Monkees
7. "I Wish It Would Rain " - The Temptations
8. "I Thank You " - Sain and Dave
9. "Since You've Been Gone "- Aretha Franklin
10. "La La Means I Love You "- The Delfonics

Top Five Albums
I. "Blooming Hits " -Paul Mauriat
2. "John Wesley Harding " -Bob Dylan
3. "Magical, Mystical Tour "- The Beatles
4. "Axis: Bold As Love "- Jimi Hendrix Experience
5. "Lady Soul " - Aretha Franklin

Lockport NY Union Sun Journal 1968/03/27
By Kurt Lassen

Where is pop music going? People who dislike rock 'n' roll delight in saying it's over and done with. Folk music enthusiasts proclaim that's the way music is headed.
Is rock really dead? Not by a long shot. Elvis Presley, believe it or not, is having a rebirth in Britain, home of The Beatles who dusted off Presley's old rock and brought it back to life. Meanwhile, The Beatles have moved off the rock center to become innovators in sound.
Then, along comes a Paul Mauriat with a thin, tinkling piano sound and jumps way ahead of the rock, the folk and the westerns. The key seems to be innovation: new sounds, new and strange instruments, way - out arrangements. And, at the same time a new attention to lyrics whether they be rock or set to folk music – "The Beatles " and others take an ancient Indian instrument, sitar, and blend it intricately with their guitars and brass. And, speaking of brass, there's Herb Alpert who rediscovered the trumpet and created a crisp sound now being widely imitated. This in turn has stimulated the use of more and more brass in almost every type of. music.
Looking at the pop musical scene, one finds innovation, change, experiment and a wonderful, welcome broadening of musical taste. That's what's really happening. Every type of pop music is very much here to stay whether it be rock or folk or western or blues or soul or jazz or any other "sound " label.
Not only are they all here, they're all growing and evolving. And, ifa a fun time for the ear and likely to be so for quite a .while.

Billboard 1968/03/30

On photo:
AMONG ARTISTS whose recordings were awarded Grands Prix by the Academie Charles Cros in Paris (Billboard, March 16) were, left to right, Paul Mauriat (Philips), Maurice Chevalier (CBS) and Tino Rossi (Pathe-Marconi). In the background is Philippe Boutet, general manager of April Music.

The Times Recorder1968/08/25
By William D. Laffler

NEW YORK (UPI) - A truly melodic tune can gain widespread acceptance even though it may go against the musical fad that is currency popular. During the long period when rock V roll was the order of the musical day; such nonconforming numbers as "Mack the Knife ", "The Poor People of Paris ", "Lisbon Antigua ", and "Jamaica. Farewell " became best-sellers. These times are considered popular standards today while almost all of the rock 'n' roll songs of that era have been forgotten.
Bucking against today's trend is "Love is Blue ", an exquisitely nostalgic and melodic tune composed by Andre Popp and popularized by Paul Mauriat and his orchestra.
 "Love is Blue ", is showing up in a number of albums of mood music. So are "MacArthur Park ", "Theme from The Valley of the Dolls,' " and "Mission: Impossible Theme ".
The Midnight' String Quartet offers an excellent instrumental version of "Love is Blue ", as well as "MacArthur Park " and "Valley of the Dolls " on "The Look of Love " (Viva V36015).
 "Love is Blue ", "MacArthur Park ", "Mission: Impossible " and "Valley of The Dolls " are featured in "Class of '68 " by Floyd Cramer (RCA Victor , LPM-4025) while "Love is Blue " 'and "Mission: Impossible " are highlights of- ' "Guitar Man " by Living Guitars (RCA-Camden CAS-2245).
An unusually good vocal rendition of "Love is Blue " may be heard on "MacArthur Park " by the Ray Charles singers (Command RS 936 SD).
 "Midnight in Moscow ". "Meadowland " and ten other Russian tunes make "Of Vodka and Caviar " by Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra (Philips PTC 6215) a tape that is useful for background music at dinner time or cocktail parties. Eight track: Some wild instrumental create an uncanny atmosphere on "The Other Half " (Acta AC 8804). Cassette of the Week: "The Best of Sonny and Cher " (Atco ATX 5219).

Nashua Telegraph 1968/09/21

PAUL MAURIAT ( "Love Is Blue ") planning a series of 35 concerts in the United Slates next spring. His first visit here was last spring when American saw him for the first time on the ED SULLIVAN show.

Billboard 1968/09/28

Phonogram Recordings, the Philips-Deutsche Grammophon distributors here, sent Paul Mauriat a gold record for more than 70,000 sales of his "Love Is Blue " here. It was presented to Mauriat at the annual Philips world sales conference held in Paris. It was the first Australian gold record presented to a Frenchman.

Billboard 1968/11/16

MILAN - Paul Mauriat, Philips arranger-conductor, was here recently to meet the press and promote his new single and album "Meme si tu Revenais ".
Phonogram, Italian distributor of Mauriat's recordings, is planning a strong promotion campaign for the new LP following impressive sales here of "Love Is Blue " (15,000 LP's, 13,000 cassettes and 150,000 singles).
As part of a long-range promotional program for Mauriat, Phonogram is planning a special campaign next spring to promote Mauriat as a personality as distinct from his music.


The Bridgeport Post 1969/01/19

Paul Mauriat, the French conductor - arranger and best-selling recording artist, will begin a North American concert tour with his orchestra with a performance April 8 In the Klein Memorial auditorium.
The concert is being sponsored by the Bridgeport Lions club which last fall presented Mantovani and his orchestra to a capacity audience in the Klein.
 "In presenting Mantovani, and now Mauriat, the Bridgeport Lions club appreciates the opportunity to bring enjoyment to music lovers in this area and to edd to the cultural climate of the city ", Walter J. Stieg, president, commented In announcing the latest Lions venture.
Earlier this year, Mauriat's single recording for Philips, "Love Is Blue ". sold over two million copies, and his LP, "Blooming Hits ". remained in the number one spot on national charts for more than a month.
Traveling with an orchestra of 30 men, his harpsichord, and a specially designed sound system Mauriat will give more than 55 concerts in the Middle Atlantic and Northeastern states, Quebec. Ontario and as far west as Chicago. In addition to Bridgeport, cities definitely set for the tour Include New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Boston, Hartford, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec, Chicago, Cleveland and a number of colleges and universities.
Mauriat, who has made concert tours of England and the Soviet Union, first visited the United States last spring to appear on the Ed Sullivan television show.
Born in Marseilles 42 years ago, the son of a musician, Mauriat was trained at the Marseilles Conservatory and seemed on his way becoming a classical pianist. At 17. however, he became interested In a jazz career, and ultimately he turned to the wide instrumental palette of pop arranging. providing backgrounds for such singers as Charles Aznavour and Mireille Mathieu.
Mauriat made a number of recordings with his orchestra in France before the spring of 1968 when "Love Is Blue " become the first instrumental single in five years tn reach the number one spot, in national salts in the United States. In addition to "Blooming Hits ", Philips has released live Mauriat LPs in this country, the most recent "Prevailing Airs ".
Miss Rosa Mary Rossitto, of 54 Pert street, Trumbull, who supervised arrangements for the Mantovani concert last fall for the Bridgeport Lions club, has again volunteered to do the same for the Mauriat concert. She will handle all ticket reservations.
Milton S. Cohen and Patrick A. Pallotto were named by Mr. Sties as co-chairmen representing the Lions club in the staging of the concert.

The Bridgeport Post 1969/02/09
By Betty Tyler

When Parisian harpsichordist Paul Mauriat ( "Love Is Blue ") makes his American debut in Bridgeport April 8, he will have been brought here by a Bridgeport-born impresario who feels this is the logical place for his introduction to American audiences.
The popularity of Mantovani here convinced Leverett Wright, who has his own concert management agency in New York city as well as being manager of the Bushnell Memorial auditorium in Hartford, that his latest "hot property " should make his debut in his hometown.

Exciled Over Mauriat
Mr. Wright, a man brimming with personality and enthusiasm, is as excited over Mauriat, who will be sponsored by the Bridgeport Lions club, as he is over others of the concert great he has handled in more than 30 years in the business. These include Robert Shaw, Dorothy Kirsten, leading soprano n! the Metropolitan Opera, pianist Grant Johannesen. the Royal Danish Ballet, many symphonies from the Cleveland to the Leningrad, and currently Mantovani and the Robert Jeffrey Ballet.
 "Bridgeporters have shown an interest ", Mr. Wright says, "in a special kind of music such as the strings of Mantovani. always a sell-nut in the city. Mauriat relies on percussion, brass and harpsichord and is just great.

Yet to be Classified
 "Mantovani is considered by the classical purists to be popular and by the popular to be classical. Paul Mauriat has yet to he classified.
 "He is the closest to being contemporary; he has more of a rock heat. He Is a brilliant arranger of music and a trained classical musician schooled at the classical conservatory in Paris.
 "Mauriat is the first instrumentalist in 10 years to have a recording on lop of the record lists in Variety. He displaced the Beatles for four weeks and sold 4 million recordings of "Love Is Blue ".
 "Bridgeport is a logical place lo open a Mauriat tour in this country - it's convenient to New York and the Klein is a fine theater ".

Sentimental About Bridgeport
Besides Mr. Wright is feeling a little sentimental, He has deep roots in Bridgeport and finds it relates to his new enterprise, Leverett Wright Concert Management. Inc., of New York, which has been in operation for about a year.
As an artists' manager in a field which is small, tough and highly competitive. Mr. Wright was with Columbia Concerts corporation, now Colombia Artists, for 2S years.
 "This kind of work ", he explains, "is not a business, it's a way of life. It's hard to distinguish between what you do for business and what for pleasure.

The Pull for Credit
 "A manager is constantly striving lo advance the interest of the artist. There's always a feeling of competition between the manager and the artist. The manager thinks the artist gets key bookings because he is a good salesman; the artist feels he does it on his own talent ".
Which probably accounts for the fact that Mr. Wright has an ulcer.
Mulling over his career, however, he says, "my relations with the artists have been completely satisfactory. The work is Absorbing and challenging because your function Is not only to promote and sell the services of the artist but to discriminate in the choice of the artist with whom you want to work and to select only those who are unique and great ".

Two Moods of Respect
Some of the artists Mr. Wright has respected for their talents and some for his personal relationships with them.
A picture of George Szell, conductor of the Cleveland Symphony, is the only one on the wall of his office at the Bushnell.
 "He is extremely reserved and aloof ", Mr. Wright says, "yet his achievement is so great that I generate enthusiasm and affection for him. The same is true of Teresa Berganza, the Spanish mezzo coloratura soprano. She is a perfectionist and, as are most truly great artists, she is unrelenting in her demands on herself and others around her. She was awful tough to deal with but when she gets up there and opens her peeper..., well, you have to love her ".
The artist he has been closest to personally is pianist Grant Johannesen. He says of him, "He is a wonderful man as well as a distinguished artist. He came to me relatively early in his career and became internationally celebrated while under my name. That forms quite a strong bond ".

Soviet Exchange
High point of Mr. Wright's career with Columbia Artists - and his most difficult assignment - was arrangement of a cultural exchange of the Robert Shaw chorale and the Leningrad Philharmonic orchestra, under the aegis of the Department of State and the U.S. Ministry of Culture. It required infinite attention and patience.
Part of the exchange involved the returning of the Shaw chorale in a Soviet aircraft and Mr. Wright could not find an airport which would receive one at that time. Kennedy, for instance, refused. Finally, Philadelphia agreed and Mr. Wright feels that it is significant that that city is the "City of Brotherly Love ".
When the program was set and included Bach's B Minor Mass, the Russians wouldn't hear of the religious music and it looked like the exchange would be called off. The U.S. embassy, however, convinced the Russians that they should accept the B Minor Mass as great music, and not as a religious vehicle.
 "The most difficult client I ever had to deal with ", Mr. Wright recalls, "was the Soviet government I'll take a temperamental artist any day over a Russian commissar ".

Decorated Twice
Mr. Wright, who has a twinkle in his eye and charm in his voice, has been decorated twice for artists he has represented. Denmark made him a Knight of the Order of Dannebroe, the oldest decoration in Europe (Eisenhower is a member), for his introduction of the Royal Danish Ballot here in 1956. He also brought the ballet over in 1960.
He also was honored by the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam which he brought to the U.S. in 1954.
Born in Bridgeport 52 years ago. Mr. Wright is the son of William Winthrop Wright, a manufacturer of hardware, who died in 1934. His late mother, a long time member of the Wednesday Afternoon Music club, later married Charles H. Barnes, who died last September at age 92.
His grandfather, the late Dr. John Winthrop Wright, was a founder of Bridgeport hospital and had his own hospital, (he Galen, on Myrtle avenue. He is believed to have been the first surgeon in Bridgeport to perform an appendectomy. A brother, John Winthrop Wright, is president of Wright Investors' Service in the Staples Bank building in Bridgeport.

Ludlowe Graduate
Mr. Wright, who was born in the Galen hospital, lived in 4 Jackman avenue in the Stratfield section of Bridgeport. He attended Lincoln grammar school and was graduated from Roger Ludlowe high school in Fairfield. (He recalls that he traveled to high school by trolley car and had to come into Bridgeport to he routed to Fairfield. It was lots of fun, he says.)
While working his way through Amherst, Mr. Wright was tapped by a talent scout following his performance in a play to go to New York for a screen test. Nothing happened from this-except he became convinced he had a great future as an actor.
The late Humphrey Doulens, editor of the Bridgeport Sunday Post, helped him get his first role with summer theater and then his job with Columbia Concerts.

In Summer Theater
During a brief stint in summer theater which operated in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and Westport, Mr. Wright, an apprentice at $25 a week, had some lines and got some laughs. He played with such personalities as Henry Fonda, Anna May Wong, Vincent Price, Dan Duryea, Frances Farmer and Mrs. Patrick Campbell.
The experience convinced him the theater was not for him but it whet his appetite for the performing arts.
After graduation from college and a period of selling Jello and Sanka for General Foods out of Atlanta, Ga., he went with Columbia Concern and was with the organization for 28 years with the exception or 1942-45 when he served in the Navy.
An ensign in the Navy, he landed on the beaches of Salerno, Sicily and North Africa. He was set to go to Japan when the atomic bombs were dropped.

Into the Small Towns
With Columbia Concerts in the late 1930s and 1940s, Mr. Wright was a pioneer in bringing fins music to small and medium alzed towns In the United States.
From 1939 to 1942 and again in 1946-47, he went Into towns from 5,000 to 50,000 population, mostly in New England and Pennsylvania, organizing non - profit community concert associations.
Among those he organized - and still going strong - are Milford's, New Milford's and the Danbury Music Center. He also organized the Wednesday Afternoon Music club In Bridgeport to present out-of-town concert artists.
Several Visits He would go into a town for three or four days to organize the association, come back to prepare the campaign and then return for a week to raise th " money.
Once, sent to Huntington, he traveled a day and a halt over the hills of West Virginia only to find Huntington, W. Va., already had an association. He phoned his New York office and found he was supposed to be in Huntington, Pa., necessitating another day and a half trip. Huntington, Pa., incidentally, has engaged Paul Mauriat on his upcoming tour.
 "There are 900 such community concert associations in towns and cities today ", he says. "They are very important to the cultural life of the country ".

Happy to Come Home
When the opportunity came to him to come to the Bushnell as managing director, Mr. Wright leaped at the chance to return to his home stale.
 "It was a heaven-sent opportunity ", he says, "a chance to work with the kind of people I grew up with in the field of my own choice ".
The Bushnell, which will mark its 40th anniversary a year from now, on Jan. 15, 1970, offers 150 important musical events a year. A recent run o 1 "Fiddler on the Roof ", for instance, grossed $148,500 in one week.

Praises Bushnell
Mr. Wright considers the Bushnell, which seats 3,277, one of the finest concert halls in the U.S. and calls Hartford a wonderful concert city. According to him, Hartford has the highest percentile of the. population attending high class musical events of any city in the country.
He married the former Phyllis Averill, a talented harpist, who was with the Buffalo Philharmonic orchestra and recently toured Europe and Israel with the New York Philharmonic.
They have one daughter, Elizabeth Curtice Wright, seven, named after her great-aunt, Elizabeth Curtis Wright, a longtime Bridgeport resident and a former missionary. Curtice is a name in Mrs. Wright's background. The family lives in 193 Stoner drive, West Hartford.
Favorite family pets include Andy, a golden retriever, and gerbils, a guinea pig type of animal.
Mr. Wright, who has traveled to Europe 18 times, enjoys traveling a hit, reading, swimming and going to the theater, hut as is obvious, he is not a man who relaxes easily or often.
He reiterates, "This business is a way of life and 1 love it ".

On photos:
MAD ABOUT MAURIAT - Leverett Wright plays "Love Is Blue ", the Paul Mauriat hit which has sold four million recordings and knocked the Beatles out of Variety's first place four weeks running. He is bringing Mautiat to Bridgeport's Klein April 8, under the sponsorship of the Lions club.

CONFERENCE ON CULTURE-Leverett Wright, center, at a meeting in 1954 with Humphrey Doulens, left, and Eduard Van Beinum, conductor of the Con-certgebouw orchestra of Amsterdam preceding the appearance of the Dutch musical aggregation in New Haven. Mr. Wright at the time was Eastern sales manager of Columbia Artists, "nd the late Mr. Doulens headed the television division of the agency,

IMPRESARIO IN MOSCOW - Leverett Wright stands in front of St. Basil's cathedral in Moscow-after arranging a cultural exchange between the Robert Shaw chorale and the Leningrad Philharmonic orchestra. Although he thinks the exchange was a success, he calls the Soviet government the most difficult client he ever had to deal with. "I'll take a temperamental artist any day ", he says, "over a Russian commissar ".

AT HOME IN WEST HARTFORD-Leverett Wright and his wife, Phyllis, join their daughter, Elizabeth Curtice Wright, seven, at the piano. Mrs. Wright, the former Phyllis Averill, is a talented harpist who recently toured Europe and Israel with the New York Philharmonic

The Bridgeport Post 1969/02/23

IN ITALY In 1968 only seven records hit golden one million sales mark and two of them were foreign, "Delilah " by Tom Jones and "Love Is Blue " by conductor Paul Mauriat, Mauriat kicks off a North American concert tour with a premiere performance at the Klein auditorium April 8 at 8:30 p.m. sponsored by the Bridgeport Lions club. Lions president Walter J. Stieg said yesterday tickets for the Mauriat concert are available from Miss Rose Mary Rossitto, of 54 Pert street, who has charge of arrangements for the concert for the club.

The Pocono Record 1969/02/25

STROUDSBURG - Paul Mauriat, French conductor-arranger and best selling recording artist, will give a concert al the Pocono Central Catholic School, Cresco, on April 13, at 8:30 p.m.
The concert is sponsored by the Parent Teachers Guild (PTG).
In 1968, Mauriat's single recording of "Love is Blue " sold over two million copies, and his LP "Blooming Hits ", remained in the number one spot on national sales charts for more than a month.

Traveling with orchestra
Traveling with an orchestra of 30 men.,his own harpsichord and a specially designed sound system. Mauriat will give over 35 concerts in the Middle Atlantic and North Eastern states. Quebec. Ontario and as far west as Chicago. Mauriat's first North American concert lour will take place during the period of April and mid May of this year. Born in Marseilles 42 years ago, the son of a musician, Mauriat was trained at the Marseilles Conservatory and seemed on his way to becoming a classical pianist.
At 17, however, he became interested in a Jazz career and ultimately he turned to the wide instrumental palette of pop arranging, providing back grounds for such singers as Charles Aznavour and Mireille Mathieu.

The Bridgeport Post 1969/03/09

Paul Mauriat, the young French musician who turned a simple folk-like tune "Love Is Blue ", into the hit the decade, produces on the concert stage a sound described "as modern as tomorrow ".
Mauriat and his 30-piece orchestra will kick off a North American lour will a concert April 8 at 8:30 p.m. in the Klein Memorial auditorium.
The concert is sponsored by the Bridgeport Lions club which brought Manlovani and Jus orchestra to the Klein last Fall. The Lions will bring back Mantovani to the Klein Sept. 20, the dale tentatively set for Bridgeport in his upcoming American tour.
With a style that is sophisticated, witty and contemporary, Mauriat has been characterized as "an original, a young Frenchman with a vision ".
Mauriat recordings released in the United Stales have helped to put gimmick-free, purely instrumental music hack on the map of the American recording Industry.
A superb showman, Mauriat has the boldness to juxtapose on the concert stage the ancient harpsichord and a 12-channeI sound system. The latter, specially constructed to re-create for live audiences the effect of a stereo sound stage in the conceit hall, is used as an integral part of Mauriat's orchestra.
Bypassing the over lush sentimentality of yesterday, stripping away the juggernaut beat and vocalistenics in vogue today, Mauriat draws his sound from the richest of musical palettes, leaving his listeners with a feeling of pure pleasure best summed up by Time magazine which stated "Paul Mauriat - Color Him gold ".
Mauriat's recording single of "Love Is Blue " has been awarded tie gold record for having passed one million sales. The record has bad international success. and in Italy alone one million copies were sold in 1968.
Another gold record achiever for Mauriat has been hid LP "Blooming Hits ". His newfest LP is "Doing My Thing " which also is climbing into the gold-record class.
Walter .T. Sting, president of the Lion club, said that tickets are available from Miss Rose Mary Rossitto, of 54 Pert street, Trumbull, who has volunteered her services to the Lions in producing cultural events for the club. She also was the local production chairman for the Mantovani concert last fall.
Milton S. Cohen and Patrick A. Pallotto a re representing the Lions dub in handling arrangements for the Mauriat concert with Miss Rossitto. The treasurer is John Callahan.
Mail orders may he addressed lo the Bridgeport Lions club, 54 Pert street, Trumbull, Conn. Additional information may be obtained by telephoning Miss Rossitto at her home Saturdays and Sundays all day, and rafter 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Bridgeport Post 1969/03/15

Paul Mauriat, whose hit song, "Love is Blue ", sold over two million copies and headed record charts for seven consecutive weeks, will open his 35-day concert tour of the United States in Bridgeport.
Mr. Mauriat will appear in concert at the Klein Memorial auditorium, Fairfield avenue, at 8:30 April 8, sponsored by the Bridgeport Lions club.
The French composer, conductor and arranger has been rated by Billboard Magazine as number one in its list of top instrumental artists. He received a gold record for his album, "Blooming Hits ".
Mr. Mauriat will be accompanied by his orchestra of 30 musicians and three female vocalists. His interest in music started at four years of age. At 10 he stud-fed music at the Parts Conservatory and by the time he was 17 he had formed His own orchestra, which toured cabarets and concert halls on the Continent.
Tickets to the concert may be obtained from the Bridgeport Lions club, 54 Pert street, Trumbull.

The Bridgeport Post 1969/03/23

If not for anything else, the year 1968 in the music industry was marked by the indelible stamp of success that Paul Mauriat left on the scene.
For it was the relatively unknown conductor / arranger / composer Mauriat who in 1968 burst onto the music scene with his recording of the instrumental, "Love is Blue ", a single that sold more than two million copies, was No. 1 on the charts for seven consecutive weeks and has already become a standard. The success of his "Love Is Blue " was coupled with the popularity his Philips "Blooming Hits " LP, which was certified by the Record Industry Association of America as a Gold LP. Mauriat will begin a major 35-day concert tour of the U.S. and Canada in Bridgeport on April 8 with the premiere show starting at 8:30 p.m. in the Klein Memorial auditorium.
Working with an orchestra of 30 musicians and three female vocalists, Mauriat and his entourage will perform in at least 30 cities, among them New York, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, Washington, Montreal and Toronto.
Mauriat's concert in Bridgeport is sponsored by the Bridgeport Lions club as a benefit for its sight conservation fund. Tickets are available from Miss Rose Mary Rossitto, of 54 Pert street, Trumbull, who is coordinating the concert arrangements for the Lions.
 "Blooming Hits " was not the Frenchman's first U.S. LP. Philips had previously released, beginning in mid-1966, three other albums - "Listen Too! ", "Of Vodka and Caviar " and "More Mauriat " all were critically accepted, but it was not until "Blooming Hits " and the "Love Is Blue " single taken from it that Mauriat emerged as one of the giants on the music scene. So popular is he now, that Billboard Magazine in its 1969 Record Talent Edition ranked him No. 1 in its list of the "Top Instrumental Artists ". Since "Blooming Hits ", he has come out with three other albums - "Mauriat Magic ", "Prevailing Airs " and "Doing My Thing " - that have marched high onto the nation's record charts.
Mauriat's appeal is twofold. First, he selects melodic repertoire and inimitably stamps it with his distinctive arranging prowess. Secondly, he is a devotee of the ping pong effect (positive left and right channel stereo reproduction), yet he always provides I he sophisticated listener wilt a "wall of music ".
The young Frenchman's appeal stems from years or working to the audiences and also from working hundreds of recording sessions on his own and with other major artists.
Mauriat actually started in music at the age of four. His fate occupationally was pre-determined. His father was a musician, descended from generations of professional classical music makers. He lived in the provinces of France. The family traveled where his musician father's work look him. At 10, the family resided in Paris and young Paul started at the Conservatoire. At 14, he had completed his studies. He first wished to become a classical pianist. Soon, however, he discovered the improvisations world of jazz. Be enjoyed the lighter music.
By the time he was 17, he formed his own orchestra, touring the cabarets and concert halls of France and the Continent. Already at this early age, lie was developing the penetrating beat style in his conducting and arranging which he knew so well as a child. After several years of French touring, he realised that he would have to work in Paris to gain national recognition. He knew that only first-class musicians, recording studio facilities and exposure to top talent of the day was available In the French capital. In Paris, he would be completing and working with the elite. This challenge would force him to give his best.
Shortly after he arrived in Paris, Dame Fortune smiled. A producer who had heard him in the provinces happened to meet him on the street. In the course of their brief conversion, the producer explained that he was seeking a new name In conducting and arranging to work a recording date with a popular star.
Mauriat confesses today that the ensuing week was a seven-day period of sleeplessness, and of worry over whether he could live up la expectations.
The recording, session look place. It was successful. After several months, he was arranging and batoning for stars of the caliber of Charles Aznavour. In fact, they sought his collaboration. He still regards his association with the fabled Aznavour as a zenith in his carrier.
 "With him I could express myself in so many different ways musically ", he says. "After orchestrating some 120 songs for him, it was still a pleasure to accompany him. Aznavour can never fully be fathomed, One discovers him anew each time you work with him ".
AS A LEADER OF his famous string orchestra, Mauriat counterbalances his exacting work as an orchestrator. "My own orchestra gives me a feeling of complete freedom ", he says. I do not have to adapt myself to the personality of any artist. I can reach the hearer directly through my own music. That, to me, has become an essential element of my work ".
That love of competition, which has spurred his concentration to achieving the utmost in arranging music, correlates with his greatest extracurricular passion - chess! Mauriat will play with anyone who will give him a game. He enjoys relaxing over a chess board anytime - between recording sessions, on a train trip, or in his home. Someone remarked to him that chess didn't seem a logical kind of relaxation for one whose mind is heavily weighed with the burden of creating music.
 "A passion and reason seldom go together, he replies.
Which may well be. But it important thing is that good music and Mauriat will always go together.

On photo: PAUL MAURIAT... who will begin a North American tour with a premier concert April 8 at 8:30 p.m. in the Klein Memorial auditorium.

Troy NY Times Record 1969/03/29
By Tom Thomas

Paul Mauriat, the Frenchman whose recording of "Love Is Blue'1 topped the charts in America for seven straight weeks last year, will appear in the RPI
Field House on Friday night, May 9.
Mauriat and his 30-piece orchestra and three female vocalists, will begin their first major 35-day concert tour of the United States and Canada on April 8.
 "This fine musical organization will stop in many of the largest cities in the two countries and we are fortunate to be able to sign them for a one-night stand ", H. C. "Skip " Butler, Field House manager, said Friday night.
Mauriat, among the world's most prominent orchestral personalities, is a top man in the Philips Records ranks of artists. The French conductor / composer / arranger in 1968 rose from a rather obscure position, at least insofar as Americans are concerned, to a major recording favorite. He not only got an RIAA-certified gold record for the "Love Is Blue " single but one for the album, "Blooming Hits ", as well.
Since then, everything he has recorded has been high in the charts, though none has equaled the 2,000,000 copies "Love Is Blue " sold.
On the Philips label, Mauriat has become distinguished for his slick-sounding arrangements, a sound that is both smooth and with a beat, warm and with a tendency to be happy. His works are especially appealing to the college crowd.

Billboard 1969/03/15

CHICAGO - Philips Records' Paul Mauriat will embark April 8 on a major 35-day concert tour of the U.S. and Canada.
The French conductor-com-poser-arranger, who will be working with an orchestra of 30 musicians and three female vocalists, is scheduled to perform in at least 30 cities. The tour begins in Bridgeport, Conn.
Philips will be working closely throughout the tour with Leverett Wright Concert Management, Inc., which has booked all the dates.

The Bridgeport Post 1969/03/30

The Paul Mauriat sound, a fresh approach in music playing, will fill the Klein Memorial auditorium April R at 8:30 p.m. in a premiere concert of the French conductor-composer-arranger's first North American tour.
The concert is sponsored by the Bridgeport Lions club as a benefit for its Sight Conservation Fund. Ticket reservations coordinator far the Lions is Miss Rose Mary Rossitto, of 54 Pert street, Trumbull.
Mauriat will be traveling with his own harpsichord, a specially constructed 12-chnniel sound system (created to reproduce the effect of a recording sound stage In the concert hall) and the first French Musical synthesizer, Martenot Musical Waves, in addition to 30 musicians and three female vocalists, who figure in the Mauriat orchestrations as an instrumental group.

Wedded to Music
Ever since Paul Mauriat first touched a piano, at the age of four, ho has been wedded to a musical life. From his father, who was a communications inspector by profession hut also a distinguished amateur musician, young Mauriat received a solid classical foundation, Entering the Marseilles Conservatory at the age of 10, he completed his studies there four years later, winning the first piano prize and the first solfeggio prize.
At the time of his conservatory graduation, it seemed that a career in classical music would be Mauriat's objective. But before he had completed high school, he had his first encounters with jazz and the discovery of this idiom turned out to be crucial to his future. The musical youth was struck by the new rhythmic forms which jazz represented and by the time ho was 17, his musical sights were set on combining his classical training with the improvisational freedom of jazz.
Eventually his music took, on another quality, one which was to be most timely in the nineteen sixties. The last factor entering into the embryonic Mauriat style was the melodic clarity which is found in all folk music.

Parental Opposition
Forming his first orchestra when he was seventeen, Mauriat recalls that he encountered parental opposition to his choice in career. Opposition changed quickly to approval however, when the youngster received his first fee. The sum of 250 francs which Mauriat received for conducting his orchestra for one night, was more than his father, a respected civil official, earned in two week. And Paul had earned the money doing what he loved best-making music.
For the next several years, Paul Mauriat and his orchestra toured the French provinces, appearing in cabarets and music halls. As a musician, he was given valuable time to experiment and evolve stylistically.
As a performer, he developed a respect for "live audiences " and there began to emerge in him a highly individual showmanship that Is most evident in Ills concerts. To tills day. there is no detail of a performance be it audio or visual, that is too small in merit Mauriat's thoughtful attention.
During his years of touring the provinces, orchestration and composition emerged as Mauriat's central interests and shortly after his twentieth birthday, he decided to take his chances in Paris.
A brilliant provincial success held no guarantees for stardom in Paris. In that city, there were first class recording studios and other first class musicians and there was a more educated public which demanded a higher standard of creation and performance.

Most Sought After
Mauriat's first engagement in Paris was a matter of luck. An artistic director for one of the recording companies who had heard Mauriat's orchestra in the provinces. hired him to accompany a singing star in a recording session. Mauriat had a good deal of fear, nervousness and little sleep before the session. But it turned out to he a great success. In the oilier recording work which followed, Mauriat was able to utilize and perfect the style which had begun to form when he was appearing directly before the public.
Before many seasons had massed, Mauriat was the most sight after arranger and musical director in Paris. Among the French superstars with
whom hw worked were Mireille Mathieu and Charles Aznavour, With the latter, Mauriat worked on over 120 songs and he is frank to admit that Azanavour has had a great Influence on his own music. "There Is always something new in learn and discover in an artist like Aznavour ", says Mauriat, "1 could never tire of the experience ".
In 1966. when Mauriat began recording with his own orchestra, he experienced a new sense of freedom in the communication of musical ideas. When arranging for another personality, his creative work was naturally adapted to the frame work of whom he was scoring. With his own orchestra, however, he is able to translate precisely, his personal musical thought into the desired sound. In the manner of all gifted conductors, Mauriat exercises a bit of the Svengali in drawing from a group of line musicians, a homogeneous performance impeccably stamped with his own trademarks - a penetrating beat style, clarity of melodic line, an individualistic use of the keyboard instruments and a twelve channel sound system utilized as an integral pail of the orchestra.

Gershwin His Idol
Reconciling his love of the classics with the differing demands of the jazz-pop, palette is no difficult task for Mauriat. His preference in classical composers varies, according to his mood, from Ravel and Debussy - because of their profound influence on popular music - to Bach because of his superb purity. Logically, his idol as a modern composer is Gershwin, for he is the synthesis or jazz and the classics. But Mauriat also feels that one cannot underestimate the ultimate effect that the Beatles will have mi contemporary music.
If he had not lie come a musician, Mauriat builds have liked to be an architect. "Today the creative province of architecture Is not only a statement of man's ideals, but also a determination of man's very way of life - a tune and concrete reflection of out' time in history ".
It might be said that Paul Mauriat builds a musical score us an architect builds a monument. Both on the concert stage and in the recording studio, Mauriat starts by creating positive left and positive right channel reproduction and building a solid wall of music for his audiences. Mauriat's choice of building materials is iconoclastic - for he uses a large siring section, brass woodwinds, guitars and several keyboard instruments including a piano, harpsichord and Martenot Musical Waves (Ondes Martenel). He will frequently add a group of female vocalists for which he scores as another instrumental section,
In order to make the 30 instrumentalists and three singers in his Orchestra sound, in the concert hall, as they would in the control room of a recording studio. Mauriat creates tour levels on the stage. Farthest from the audience are the violins (creating a sort of hack drop of sound), I lien the percussion and trumpets, in front of these the voices, two guitars and the trombones and on stage level the piano, harpsichord, Martenot waves, drums and saxophones. To exercise complete control over the varying elements, there is the specially constructed 12-channel sound system.

The Bridgeport Post 1969/04/06

Parisian Paul Mauriat and his orchestra will profit a musical repertoire that leans heavily on love themes in his North American debut concert Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Klein Memorial auditorium.
The French harpsichordist who has introduced a new sound to orchestral presentations soar ed to international popularity with a record single, "Love is Blue ", that sold more than 3,000,000 copies
Miss Rose Mary Rossitto, 54 Pert street, Trumbull, who is coordinating the Mauriat concert for the Bridgeport Lions
club Sight Conservation program. is ticket chairman for the production. She is accepting calls at her home for information and ticket reservations.
On Tuesday, the box-office at the Klein will be manned from 11:10 a m. until concert time, Miss Rossitto said. Tickets nr information on reservations will be available then.
The Mauriat program ranges from Beatles Lennon and McCartney's "Hey Jude " and "Lady Madonna " to a Minor Waltz by Chopin, to many numbers which have been popular in the last 12 months.
The program's love theme will be supported by such recent hits as "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me ", "This Guy's in Love with You ", "I've Been Loving ,You too Long ", "Love Is Every Room ", and, of course "Love is Blue ".
And Mauriat will present his own arrangements of "A Man and A Woman " by Lai and Barouh and "When A Man Loves A Woman " by Lewis and Wright.
Ladies' choices include "Lara's Theme " (from Dr. Zhivago "); "Delilah " by Tom Jones and "Mrs. Robinson ", theme of the motion picture "The Graduate ".
A medley of French songs Includes "C'est Si Bon ", "La Vie en Rose " and "Ca C'est Paris ". And there will be a complete rendition of "Plaisir d'amour ".
The Mauriat orchestra will perform such recent big hits as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine ", "You Keep Me Hanging On " and "Those Were the Days ". There will contrast with older favorites "Guantanamera " and "Hora Staccato ".
Other selections arranged by Mauriat are "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang ", "Pata Pata " by Makeba and Ragavoy; "Western Fingers ", "Sweet Charity ", "Puppet On a Siring ". "La Peregrinacion ", "The Flight of the Bumble Bee " and "Mirabella ", Mauriat's own composition.

The Bridgeport Post 1969/04/09

Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra brought an eminently happy sound to a goodly throng, last night in the Klein Memorial, thereby inaugurating their first North American tour.
Viewing and hearing the formidable array, which included a musical synthesizer, an electronic harpsichord, a 12-channel sound system, plus a trio of comely vocalists who waited siren-like, supported by a 30-piece orchestra, et al, the impression of electrification applied in a double sense.

Billboard 1969/04/12

CHICAGO - A special demonstration album for record retailers, point-of-purchase merchandising pieces such as window stickers, posters and die-cut displays, and a heavy advertising campaign highlight a massive promotion now under way on the new Philips Paul Mauriat LP. The album, containing 12 adaptations of recent R&B hits, will receive particular emphasis in concert areas during a 31-date tour by the 30-piece orchestra starting Tuesday (8).
The album, "Soul of Paul Mauriat ", containing "Respect ", "Love Child " and other titles, will be promoted through 30-second radio spots; in concert cities special tag lines will augment radio commercials and special print advertisements will combine promotion of the tour and product. The Mauriat LP, and a new Mystic Moods package, are additionally tied into a "Baker's Dozen " dealer discount plan offering catalog product at a 7.7 per cent savings.

The Statue of Liberty.
And Now The Mauriat Tour Is Here.

Concert Dates
April 8, Bridgeport Conn., Klein Memorial Aud.
April 9, Allentown, Pa., Muehlenberg College Aud.
April 10f Huntingdon, Pa., Oiler Hall
April II, Richmond, Va., Mosque
April 12, Blacksburg, Va., VPI Coliseum
April 13, Cresco, Pa., High School
April 15, Kingston, Rhode Island, Keany Gym Univ. R. I.
April 17, New Britain Conn., Central Conn. College
April 18, Boston, Mass., Symphony Hall
April 19, White Plains, N Y., Westchester County Center
April 20, Hartford, Conn., Bushnell Memorial Hall
April 22, Montreal, Quebec, Maurice Richards Arena
April 23, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Palaisades Sports
April 24, Quebec, Colisee
April 25, Lewiston Maine, Lewiston Memorial Armory
April 26, Montreal, Quebec, Maurice Richards Arena
April 27, Toronto, Ontario, Maple Leaf Gardens
April 29, London, Ontario, Western Ont. U. Alumni Hall
April 30, Toledo, Ohio, Museum of Art
May 1, Toledo, Ohio, Museum of Art
May 2, Chicago, Illinois, Orchestra Hall
May 3, Detroit, Michigan, Masonic Temple Auditorium
May 4, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Falls H. S. Aud.
May 5, Indianapolis, Indiana, Clowes Memorial Aud.
May 6, Columbus, Ohio, Veterans Aud.
May 7, Cleveland, Ohio, Music Hall
May 8, Rochester, New York, Eastman Theatre
May 9, Troy, New York, R. P. I. Field House
May 10, Washington, D. C., Constitution Hall
May 11, New York City, Philharmonic Hall
May 12, Reading, Pennsylvania, Rajah Theatre

Under the auspices of Leverett Wright Concert Management, Inc.

Billboard 1969/04/19
By Hank Fox

NEW YORK - Americans will get their first view of the Martenot Music Wave synthesizer this spring when European composer and conductor Paul Mauriat and his orchestra begin their U.S. concert tour.
The Martenot synthesizer is an electronic instrument which resembles the spinet and has some similar properties to the sound oscillating therein. The keyboard has five octaves. As in the theremin, the sound is reproduced by the oscillating radio tubes. Volume is controlled by the keys.
A wire extending across the keyboard controls the sound, with a special pitch control. The Martenot synthesizer can simulate a violin, flute or cello by means of a button above the keyboard.
Patented by Maurice Martenot in Europe in 1922, the synthesizer is considered as an improvement over the theremin. The concert tour by Paul Mauriat marks the first time that the instrument will be used on a concert stage. Mauriat will use the Martenot in conjunction with a 12-channel sound system.
Mauriat, most famous for his world-wide hit "Love Is Blue ", began his 30-city tour last week in Bridgeport, Conn. He will tour the East Coast, Midwest and parts of Canada. Mauriat's American concerts will run through May 11, when he will return to Europe.

Gloversville NY Leader Herald 1969/04/25

French star Paul Mauriat, his harpsichord, and company of 35 musicians will appear at the RPI Field House, Troy, Friday night, May 9.
The young conductor, whose record sales in 1968 exceeded 3 million, won two gold discs for the recording of "Love Is Blue ". Recent record releases include "Doing My thing " album and singles "Hey, Jude ", "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang " and "Sweet Charity ". His company of performers includes three female vocalists.

The Pocono Record 1969/04/14

CRESCO - Who's Paul Mauriat? About 2,000 persons who heard Paid Mauriat and his orchestra Sunday night will tell you. They will also say their emotions were moved during the two-hour concert in Pocono Central Catholic High School.
The international composer and conductor from France hosted one of the largest concert appearances held in the Poconos in past years.
The audience. crowded into bleachers of the gymnasium arid floor chairs concluded the show with n standing ovation after the orchestra played Love is Blue " - the song that brought Mauriat's name to world popularity.
Each time the orchestra played a familiar standard which Mauriat revived and renewed there was a murmur of approval and owe.
Mauriat's style and technique produced musical scores with sensitive use of a large string section, brass. woodwinds, guitars with piano, harpsichord and two unique mediums - the Martenot Musical Waves and vocal voices for background.
The audience represented all ages and the women sighed especially when they heard "This Guy's in Love with You ". "Lara's Theme " from "Dr. Zhivago "; "A Man and a Woman "; "Delilah "; "Love in Every Room ".
There were Mauriat originals, too, which reflect the composer's taste fur jazz and classical music. A medley of traditional French songs were included such as "C'est si Bon ", "La Vie en Rose ", "Ca c'est Paris " and the immortal "Plaisir d'amour " played on the Marlenot Musical Waves.
There were other hit tunes like "Mrs. Robinson ", "Those Were the days ", "Lady Madonna ", Cuantanamera ", "Hey Jude " and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang " plus classical selections "A Minor Waltz " by Schubert and the traditional "Horn Staccato ".
The atmosphere was tastefully interrupted with the humor of Gaston a versatile Instrumentalist of the orchestra entertaining with Rimsky-Korsakoff's "Flight of the Bumble Bee " and other comical songs.
It's been a great night for us. Sieve Mareiw said as president of the Parents Teachers Guild of Pocono Central who sponsored the event.
We are very grateful for the people who supported the concert with special thanks to the the excursive board of the PTG for their faithful devoted efforts in making this concert possible and successful ". - Mareiw said

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Paul Mauriat and his orchestra entertain 2,000 persons in Pacono Central Catholic's auditorium Sunday night. (Staff photo by Arnold)

Troy NY Times Record 1969/05/03

Paul Mauriat and his orchestra will appear at the RPI Field House, Friday at 8:30 p.m. as part of "Parents Weekend " being sponsored by the student body of RPI..
Mr. Mauriat's orchestra features a penetrating beat style, clarity of melodic line, an individualistic use of keyboard instruments arid a 16 channel sound system used. as an integral part of the orchestra. Friday evening's program will include these selections Part One; This Guy's In Love With You, I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, Lara's Theme (from Dr. Zhivago), You Keep Me Hanging On, Mirabella, When a Man Loves a Woman, Pata Pata, A Minor Waltz, A Man and a Woman, Western Figers, Delilah, I've Been Loving You Too Long, arid French songs (a medley) C'est Si Bon, La Vie en Rose, Pigalle and Ca c'est Paris.
Part two will include: I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Sweet Charity, Puppet on a String, Guautanamera, The Flight of the Bumblebee Bee, Hey Jude, In a Peregrinscion (Misa Cripalla), Hora Staccato, Lady Madonna, Plaisir d'Amour, Mrs. Robinson, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Love in Every Room, Those Were the Days and Love is Blue.

The Salem Press 1969/05/08

Paul Mauriat, the Frenchman whose recording of "Love Is Blue " become the first instrumental to reach the number one spot in national sales in America since 1963, will present a concert at the RPI field house in Troy tomorrow, Friday night. With Mauriat will his 30 instrumentalists and three singers.

Troy NY Times Record 1969/05/10
By Howard Healy

Troy NY Times Record 1969/05/10
By Howard Healy

The musical style of Paul Mauriat, who appeared with his orchestra in concert Friday night at the RPI Field House, invites comparison with the style of Frank Pourcel.
Comparisons, of course, prove nothing, but in this case one will help describe the Mauriat sound. The program book sold at the concert tells us that Mauriat, like Mancini and Bacharach, grew up on a sound stage and developed a unique sound style.
But Mauriat's use of strings (he has a twelve-member section seated linearly, with six microphones hovering over them) blended with much brass and a consistent use of percussive instrument sounds at times like Pourcel.
In "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang " and "Mrs. Robinson ", for example, where the strings carry a good part of the melodic line and do not fade out in favor of the brass, there are Pourcelian echoes.
Yet Mauriat has been immensely successful and Pourcel only moderately so. The explanation. I think, is that Pourcel is softly sophisticated and Mauriat is brashly stylized.
The brass very often opens up completely and freely and the drums keep a steady beat. Mauriat, in addition to a unique sound, has a good tempo, one suited to the times and one worked into otherwise very cool, slick orchestrations.
In almost every number Friday night, Mauriat had scored a heavy drum beat. Even in "Lara's Theme ", it was there, and it tended to give the number a carousel-like sound, which is as good an example as any of Mauriat's stylization.
His concert approach is much more simple. He said very little and offered back-to-back selections in several time-blocks.
In between, he stepped back for his saxophonist - named Gaston, who turned out to be the orchestral jester.
With the exception of an excellent Groucho Marx imitation and the ordering of tea during one selection, Gaston's humor was musical humor and fitted into the evening nicely. For example, his tuba lost several parts and the selection he was going to play changed its dominant key, and he introduced and played a clarinet "family " and, wild-eyed, conducted Offenbach.
All of it was done with superb ease by Gaston.
The approximately 2,000 persons in the audience liked the concert enough to persuade Mauriat through applause to repeat "Love Is Blue " as an encore. One flaw, though, was a muddled attempt at Chopin by the orchestra's otherwise excellent pianist - while the rest of the orchestra sat by grinning.

Billboard 1969/05/24
by Joe Taras

NEW YORK - French composer - conductor - arranger Paul Mauriat concluded his first North American tour with a concert at Philharmonic Hall Sunday evening (11).
The Philips Records artist opened his program with "This Guy's in Love With You ", and his two-hour love affair with the audience began. Much of Mau-riat's material was chosen from his Philips albums, and ran the gamut from the Beatles' "Hey Jude " and "Lady Madonna " to Chopin's "Waltz in A Minor ". International fare was well represented by his lush treatments of "Guantanamera ", "Puppet on a String " and a medley of Gallic favorites that included "C'est si bon ", "La Vie en Rose ", "Pigalle " and "Ca c'est Paris. " A trio of femme voices added spark to many numbers and orchestra member Gaston proved a delightfully funny diversion with his clever interpretations of "Bombardon " and Offenbach's "La Vie Parisienne. "
Mauriat's direction was assured and showed the deftness of a professional, and he brought his unique magic touch to familiar melodies with frequent harpsichord solos. His phenomenal hit of last year, "Love Is Blue ", climaxed the evening and received a well-deserved encore.

Billboard 1969/08/23

TOKYO - Paul Mauriat and the Orchestra is expected in Japan also before the end of the year. Mauriat's LP's continue to stay in the Top 10 here for Philips.


The Bridgeport Post 1970/09/06

Paul Mauriat, the French instrumental artist, will appear again with his orchestra on Oct. 5, 8:30 p.m., at the Klein Memorial auditorium. Mr. Mauriat will be sponsored by the Bridgeport Lions club, which presented him in his American debut last year. His first appearance in Bridgeport was a complete sellout.
His current tour, which extends from Oct. 1 through Nov. 27, will take him to more than 40 cities, as well as a number of major universities and colleges throughout the country.
Paul Mauriat's unique style and sound have made him one of the most internationally popular artists, on the contemporary music scene. In the fall of 1969, he brought his orchestra to Japan for a number of concerts and television appearances and was as enthusiastically received there as he has been in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.

Orchestra Comprises
Mr. Mauriat will be traveling with his own harpsichord, a specially constructed 12 channel sound system (designed to reproduce the stereophonic effort of a recording sound stage in die concert hall) the first French musical synthesizer, the Martenot Musical Waves in addition to a full orchestra and three female vocalists who figure in the Mauriat orchestrations as an instrumental group.
Even since Paul Mauriat first touched a piano at the age of four, he has been wedded to a musical life. From his father, who was a communications inspector by profession, but also a distinguished amateur musician, young Mauriat received a solid classical foundation. Entering the Marseilles conservatory at the age of 10, he completed his studies there four years later, winning the first piano prize and the first solefeggio prize.

Career Turning Point
At the time of his conservatory graduation, it seemed that a career in classical music would be Mr. Mauriat's objective. But before he had completed high school, he had his first encounters, with jazz and discovery of that idiom was a turning point in his career. The musical youth was struck by the hew rhythmic forms which jazz represented and by the time he was 17, his musical sights were sit on combining his classical training with the improvizational freedom of jazz. Eventually, his music took on another quality, one .which was to prove most timely in the 1960's and 70's.
Forming his first orchestra when be was 17, Mr. Mauriat recalls that he encountered parental opposition to his choice of career.
Opposition changed quickly to approval, however, when the youngster received his first fee. The sum of 250 francs which Mr. Mauriat received for conducting his orchestra far one night, was more than his father, a respected civil official, earned in two weeks.
For the next .several years, Paul Mauriat and his orchestra toured the French provinces, appearing in cabarets and music halls. As a musician, he was given valuable time to experiment and evolve stylistically. As a performer, he developed a respect for "live " audiences and there began to emerge a highly individual showmanship which is very evident in his concerts. To this day, there is no detail of a performance, be it audio or visual, that is too small to merit Mauriat's thoughtful attention.
During his years of touring the provinces, orchestrations and composition became Mr. Mauriat's central interests and shortly after his 20th birthday, he decided to take his chances in Paris.

Parisian Engagement
Mr. Mauriat's first engagement in. Paris was a matter of luck. An artistic director for one of (he recording companies who had heard The Mauriat's orchestra In the provinces, hired him to accompany a singing star in a retarding session. Mr. Mauriat suffered through a good deal of nervousness before the session took place: But it turned out to be a great success.
Before many seasons - had passed, Mr. Mauriat was the most sought after arranger and musical director in Paris. Among the French superstars with whom he worked were Mireille Mathieu and Charles Aznavour. With the latter, Mr. Mauriat worked on over 120 songs and he admits that Aznavour has had a great influence on his own music. "There is always something new to learn and discover in an artist like Aznavour ", said the musician. "I could never tire of the experience ".

Creating His Sound
If he had not become a musician, Mr. Mauriat would have liked to be on architect. It might be said that Paul Mauriat builds a musical score as an architect builds a monument. Both on the concert stage and in the recording studio Mr. Mauriat starts by creating positive left and positive right channel reproduction and building a solid wall of music for his audience.
In order to make the 25 instrumentalists and 3 singers in his orchestra sound the same in the concert hall as they would in the control room of a recording studio. Mr. Mauriat creates multiple levels on the stage. Farthest from the audience are the violins (creating a sort of backdrop of sound), then the percussion and trumpets, in front of these the voices, two guitars and trombones, and on the stage level the piano, harpsichord Martenot Waves, drums and saxophones. To exercise complete control over the varying elements, there is a specially cobstructed 12-channel sound system.
Tickets for this exceptional program may be obtained by mail order only. Information is available from Miss Rose Mary Rossitto, 54 Pert street, Trumbull, Connecticut 08611, evenings after 6 p.m.
Cameras and tape recorders are strictly prohibited in the auditorium.

Billboard 1970/08/15

NEW YORK - United Artists Music has launched a concentrated drive to establish copyrights by foreign composers on a world-wide basis. The drive was sparked by the success of a top-selling album in Europe titled "The Best of France ", which was conceived by Eddie Adamis, general manager of United Artists Music France. The album contains 13 original compositions by 14 of the top French composers, namely Jack Arel, Joss Baselli, Michel Bern-hole, Georges Blaness, Armand Canfora, Caravelli, Daniel Faure, Christian Gaubert, Francis Lai, Jean-Pierre Lang, Guy Mandel, Paul Mauriat, Franck Pourcel and Emil Stern.
The popularity of these songs abroad, coupled with the contemporary sound of the music, convinced the United Artists Music Group to select top American lyricists to write English lyrics to these tunes, four of which have already been completed. They are: "I Want, I Need You, Go Away " by Jack Arel, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh; "Summer Day " by Paul Mauriat, lyrics by Walter Marks; "Wouldn't That Be Something Now " by Michel Bernholc, lyrics by Carl Sigman; and "Pretty People " by Christian Gaubert, lyrics by Stanley Jay Gelber.
United Artists Music Group believes that this "one-world concept " is one of the best ways in which to create future standard copyrights on tunes written by foreign composers.
United Artists Records has scheduled "The Best of France " album for release in the U.S. this Fall.

The Bridgeport Post 1970/09/13

Paul Mauriat, who scored such a great success with his orchestra when he appeared here last year, will present a new program at the Klein Memorial auditorium Oct. 5 at 8:30 p.m., once again sponsored by the Bridgeport Lions club.
Among the many songs which Mr. Mauriat will present are: "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head " by Bacharach and David; "Wigwam ", Bob Dylan; "Classical Gas ", Mason Williams; 'The Windmills of Your Mind " Michel Legrand; Medley: "Bridge Over Troubled Water " by Paul Simon and "Let It Be " by Paul McCarthy; "Mount Everest ", Go Misawa.
Gaston, Mauriat's comedian, will entertain in "The Tennis Player ".
This will be fallowed by Bacharach and David's "I Say a Little Prayer "; "Mr. Boccherini " (from the minuet of Boccherini), arranged by Paul Mauriat; "If You Go Away " by Jacques Brel; "Scherzo Waltz of Chabrier " (piano solo by Andre Borly) by Emmanuel Chabrier; "Et Mourir de Plaisir ", Jacques Revaux and Michael Sardou; "Hello, Dolly! " ends the first half of the program.
Following the intermission, the program continues with "Last Night ", the Mar-Keys; "Lara's Theme " Maurice Jarre; "Study in the Shape of Rhythm and Blues ", Paul Mauriat; "I'll Never Fall In Love Again ", Bacharach, David; "Moto Perpetuo " (Arranged by Paul Mauriat), Paganini; "I Will Follow Him ", Del Roma; "Cherie Lise ", Roland Vincent and Michel Delpech; Gaston: "The Flight Of The Bumble Bee " by R. Korsakoff; "Nocturne ", Paul Mauriat; "Gone Is Love " (Title song from latest Paul Mauriat LP); "Hey, Jude " by Paul McCartney; "Hair " medley; Gaston; "Parisian Life ", Offenbach and the closing piece, "Love Is Blue " by Andre Popp. The program is subject to change.
Miss Rose Mary Rossitto, ticket reservations chairman for the concert which benefits the Lions.

The Bridgeport Post 1970/09/20

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MAURIAT PLAYS HARPSICHORD ON TV - Paul Mauriat, who will lead his orchestra in a concert Oct. 5 at 8:30 p.m. in the Klein Memorial auditorium, performs on the harpsichord on the Ed Sullivan television show during his initial American tour. Mauriat and his orchestra were sponsored in their American debut in Bridgeport last year by the Lions club. The Lions are again sponsoring this year's concert with Miss Rose Mary Rossitto, of 54 Pert street, Trumbull, coordinator, as tickets reservations chairman.

Troy NY Times Record 1970/09/23

Troy NY Times Record 1970/09/23

French pianist Paul Mauriat has scheduled another appearance in Troy. The "Love is Blue " man and his orchestra will return to the RPI Field House on Friday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.
Mauriat gave his first performance in the area in the spring of 1969. That first North American concert tour came just months after his "Love Is Blue " topped the 1968 recording charts.
His current tour will extend through October and November, bringing his orchestra to more than 40 American cities.
Mauriat's unique style has an appeal which crosses cultural barriers. Enthusiastic audiences in Japan, Europe and South America have offered testimony to that fact .
This year, Mauriat will bring with him a twelve channel sound system designed to give stereophonic effects on the concert stage, and the Martenot Musical Waves, the first French musical synthesizer, as well as his full orchestra, three female vocalists and a harpsichord.

Troy NY Times Record 1970/09/26

The program to be performed by Paul Mauriat, who will appear with harpsichord and music at the RPI Field House at 8 p.m. Friday has been announced.
Mauriat, whose record sales in 1968 exceeded $3 million and who won two gold discs for the recording of "Love Is Blue " and his company of 35 musicians will start its second American tour next week.
The program has been announced as follows:

 "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head " - Bacharach, David
 "Wigwam " - Bob Dylan
 "Classical Gas " - Mason Williams
 "The Windmills of Your Mind " - Michel Legrand
 "Oh, Happy Day "
Medley: "Bridge Over Troubled Water " - Paul Simon and "Let It Be " - Paul McCarthy
 "Mount Everest " - Go Misawa
 "The Tennis Player "
 "I Say A Little Prayer " - Bacharach, David
 "Mr. Boccherini " (from the minuet of Boccherini, arr. by Paul Mauriat)
 "If You Go Away " - Jacques Brel
 "Scherzo Waltz " of Chabrier (piano solo by Andre Borly) - Emmanuel Chabrier
 "Et Mourir de Plaisir " - Jacques Revaux, Michael Sardou
 "Hello, Dolly! "


 "Last Night " - The Mar-Keys
 "Lara's Theme " - Maurice Jarre
 "Study in the Shape of Rhythm and Blues " - Paul Mauriat
 "I'll Never Fall in Love Again " - Bacharach, David
 "Moto Perpetuo " (Arr. by Paul Mauriat) - Paganini
 "I Will Follow Him " - Del Roma
 "Cherie Lise " - Roland Vincent, Michel Delpech
 "The Flight of the Bumble Bee " - R. Korsakoff
 "Nocturne " - Paul Mauriat
 "Gone Is Love " - Gloria Sclerov
 "Hair " medley
 "Parisian Life " - Offenbach
 "Love Is Blue " - Andre Popp

Troy NY Times Record 1970/10/01

Paul Mauriat will demonstrate, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, his propensity far making his 33-member aggregation sound on the RPI Field Mouse stage as it docs In a recording studio control room.
The man who's "Love Is Blue " became trio first non-vocal recording to hit the top in sales co 1968, will orchestrate like an architect and staff the stage in four levels.
The rear level is bounded by the violins as a backdrop, then come the percussion and trumpets. In front of these are the voices, two guitars and trombones, while in the very forefront, on stage level, are the piano, harpsichord Martenot Waves, drums and saxophones.
This assemblage is then controlled by a specially constructed 12-channel sound system, and the audience is on the ground floor of an architectural and musical fait accompli.

Troy NY Times Record 1970/10/02

The young lady selected as "Miss United Fund of the Mohawk-Hudson Area " this year has a special treat in store for her. She will be crowned by internationally famous pianist and conductor Paul Mauriat before a large audience at the RPI Field House tonight.
 "Miss United Fund ", whose name will not be announced until the crowning ceremony, will reign over the annual campaign, which continues through the month of October. Eight senior high school girls have been chosen by their peers and will join United Fund general chairman Fred J. Class on the Field House stage.

The Bridgeport Post 1970/10/05

Paul Mauriat, the French Instrumentalist who achieved a new peak in the recording industry with the sale of five million copies or his record "Love Is Blue ", will lend his orchestra in a "Pops " concert tonight at 8:30 o'clock in the Klein Memorial auditorium.
His appearance here is again sponsored by the Sight Conservation Fund of the Bridgeport Lions Club which launched life American premier in April 1969.
Reservations for tickets are still being accepted today beginning at 11 a. m. by calling the Klein box-office and continuing until the concert begins, according to Miss Rose Mary Rossitto, coordinator of productions for the Lions club.
The Lions Sight Conservation Fund underwrites medical research at Yale university into glaucoma and allied eye diseases.

Ames Daily Tribune 1970/10/15

Paul Mauriat and his orchestra will give two performances in the C.Y. Stephens Auditorium Saturday as part of the Parent's Weekend activities. The performances will be at 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Mauriat became popular in the United States in 1968 when his instrumental, "Love is Blue ", was introduced and rose rapidly to the number one spot on the hit parade. It was the first purely instrumental song to do so in five years.
Today Mauriat leads France's outstanding popular orchestra. His music is a blend of the jubilant night life of Paris and the soft quiet of Southern France, and is characterized by a penetrating beat-style, clarity of melodic line, and an individualistic use of the keyboard instruments. A 12-channel sound system is utilized as an integral part of the orchestra.
There are still good seats in all price ranges for both shows. Tickets are available at the Hub or Stephens Auditorium box office.

The Bridgeport Post 1970/10/15

Letter to the Editor: Recently my wife and I attended the Paul Mauriat concert, at the Klein-Memorial Auditorium, presented for the benefit or the Bridgeport Lions Club.
We were both very embarrassed by the half-full Auditorium present at this first-rate concert. An awful lot of people missed a thrilling performance by a fine artist.
I can only conclude that there is no appreciation for fine music in the Bridgeport area.
Mr. Mauriat will certainly not return after the miserable turnout, and in my opinion, the area deserves to be passed by.
How long will it take for people to realize that television is neither the only nor the best entertainment available? Until everything else is gone?
Ronald J. Zimmermann

The Bridgeport Post 1970/10/15

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MAURIAT WITH FANS - Paul Mauriat, who presented a concert Monday for the benefit of the Bridgeport Lions Club Sight Conservation Activities Fund in the Klein auditorium, autographs a record for Jeffrey Szturma as Susan Boes awaits her turn with a program. Assisting with keeping the long line of Mauriat fans in order is D. Ross Potter, left.

Ames Daily Tribune 1970/10/15

Fantastic! is the only way to describe the concert presented by Paul Mauriat and his orchestra at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium Saturday evening. This was the climax to Parents' Weekend at Iowa State. Mauriat is probably best known in America for his song "Love Is Blue ", which became the number one hit a few years ago.
From the time the curtain rose until the performance of the final number, "Love Is Blue ", the scene was breathtaking. The orchestra is composed of 24 members. The nine vilolinists were dressed in black suits; the rest wore lavender top coats with black pants; and the three female singers wore lavender and grey gowns.
Mauriat set the stage while he conducted the first number-he was completely at ease as he walked the length of the stage, first emphasizing one part of the orchestra and then another. The wind instrument section was particularly interesting: only three men managed to play three saxophones, three clarinets, two flutes, piccolo, and oboe during the program.
One of the first numbers was "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head ", which was well received by the audience. After this Mauriat expressed his happiness in being back in the United States and added, "...I hope everything goes all right ", at which point there came a clattering noise offstage. One of the sax players appeared from (he wings with a suitcase and resumed his place.
During the next number this sax player proceeded to perform some magical tricks while Mauriat supposedly wasn't watching. This added a touch of delightful comedy to the concert which contined during select numbers throughout the rest of the program.
Some of the other favorites during the concert were a medley of "Let It Be " by the Beatles and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters " by Simon and Garfunkel, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again " the composer of which Mauriat described as the greatest American composer, "Hello, Dolly! ", and "Love Is Blue ".
Intermingled with these pop favorites were classical pieces, first by the pianist, then by the violinists, and then by Mauriat himself at the piano.
There was mood music like "Somewhere, My Love ", from "Dr. Zhivago ". and another Mauriat hit, "Gone Is Love ". The women singers were featured in "The Age of Aquarius ", the only song in which they actually sang words. During other numbers they sand "Ah " or something similar, as supporting sound for the instruments. Throughout the entire performance one is impressed with the versatility of the group.
C.Y. Stephens Auditorium was full to capacity. The audience reception was excellent. One woman commented, "This is the first time. I've been to Stephens Auditorium. It's fabulous! This is the first time I've been to Parents Weekend, and I think I picked the best activity to come to. Paul Mauriat? - he's fantastic! " (R.L.A)

Billboard 1970/10/17
By Robin Loggie

Appearing in the Easy Listening Series presented by George F. Schutz at Philharmonic Hall, Oct. 6, Paul Mauriat and his orchestra scintillated with musicianship and whimsy in a program ranging from Chabrier and Paganini to Bacharach - David and the Beatles.
Utilizing 12 violins in a 23-man ensemble that included trumpet, trombone, sax. drums, xylophone and guitars. Mauriat and his pianist, Andre Borly, shared conducting and turns on the piano, Martenot Waves and harpsichord, while a femme trio provided occasion vocal assist.
 "Classical Gas ", a medley of "Bridge Over Troubled Water " and "Let It Be ", his new Philips single "Gone Is Love ", and his concluding "Love Is Blue ", reprised in an encore, were highlights of performing elegance.
As a counterpoint to this elegance, Mauriat has a delightful asset in the Chaplin-Marx antics of sax player Gaston, who was a virtuoso musician, dancer and magician at prearranged moments of irreverence.

Billboard 1970/10/17

NEW YORK - Paul Mauriat, on a seven-week tour of the U.S. and Canada, is already mapping out concert tours for 1971. On the 71 schedule will be tours of Latin America for July and August, a swing through South Africa (May), another tour of the U.S. in the fall, and a tour of Japan for late November.
Meantime, Mauriat's record producer Paul Leka, has finished work on a new album which will follow the current release, "Gone Is Love. " on the Philips label. Philips is coordinating its push on the album with the release of a single of the same title.

The Daily Eagle 1970/10/26
Town Hall - Rotary Presentation: MAURIAT TO PREFORM AT TAMU

Musical architect Paul Mauriat and his orchestra will build their distinctive musical mood in G. Rollie White Coliseum Friday in a football weekend Town Hall-Rotary guest performance.
Arranger of the phenomenally successful "Love Is Blue " Mauriat and his imaginative treatment of "now " music is expected to pack the coliseum for the 8 p.m. show.
An extensive program will feature music of Burt Bacharach ( "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head "), Bob Dylan, the Mar-Keys, Paul McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water " and Michel Legrand's "Windmills of Your Mind " and "Oh Happy Day ".
 "Gone Is Love ", title piece from Paul Mauriat's latest LP album, also is listed.
Twon Hall and Rotary Series season pass holders and students with activity cards have assured seats. Rotary season general admission tickets may be exchanged for available reserve seats, Town Hall chairman Bill Leftwich said.
Single admission reserve and general admission tickets are also on sale at the Memorial Student Center Student Program Office.
Mauriat, who formed his first orchestra when he was 17, sets the stage with 30 instrumentalists, three singers and specially constructed 12-channels sound system.
Breaking from the traditional platform setpup as with his music, Mauriat creates four levels on the stage. Farthest from the audience (creating a backdrop of sound) are the violins. On descending levels are the percussion and trumpets, in front of these the voices, two guitars and the trombones and on stage level the piano, Musical Waves, drums and saxophones.
Mauriat builds a musical score as an architect - the Frenchman's career choice after music-builds a monument. No audio nor visual detail is too small to merit his thoughtful attention.
Mauriat does the same with "now " music, considered by critics the most imaginative and creative in the history of pop music. His orchestrations make "the music emerge entirely new and vital, and from that day forward the property of Mauriat ".
 "The Paul Mauriat Orchestra is the one to watch for innovations in modern sound ", a critic said.
Graduated from Marseilles Conservatory at age 14 with first prizes " in piano and solfeggio, Mauriat seemed aimed for a classical music career.
But he encountered jazz, was struck by the idiom's new rhythmic forms and turned his musical sights on combining his classical training with the improvizational freedom of jazz.
Mauriat's music eventually took on another quality - one most timely for the 1960s and '70s - the melodic clarity found in all folk music.

Lubbock Avalanche Journal Tue, 1970/10/27

Paul Mauriat and his orchestra will launch the 1970-71 University Artists Course series with a concert to be given at 8:15 p.m. today in the Lubock Municipal Auditorium.
Tickets may be purchased at the door prior to today's concert. Admission is $2 50 for general public; $1.50 for non-Tech students. Tech personnel and their families and for husbands and wives of Tech students. Tickets for Tech students are free upon presentation ID cards.
Paul Mauriat is an original. He is a young Frenchman with the vision to transform a simple folk tune. "Love Is Blue " into the hit of the decade and the ingenuity to unite the ancient harpsichord with the most modern acoustical equipment to produce arrangements o f unmatched depth and tone. In popular music, "the Mauriat sound " has been copied often, but never duplicated successfully by any other artist.
Making his first North American tour in 1969, Paul Mauriat presented a program ranging from the Beatles to Chopin and received standing ovations in every college and concert hall where he appeared. It has been said that "Paul Mauriat may go down in history as the first man to combine effectively the far-removed worlds of light classics and hard-rock, plus most of what falls m between ".
The Mauriat group includes an orchestra of 28 instrumentalists and three singers.

Lubbock Avalanche Journal, 1970/10/28
By Jack Sheridan - Avalanche-Journal Staff

The University Artists Series at Texas Tech roared into orbit for its 1970-71 season Tuesday night then a virtually capacity audience in Lubbock Municipal Auditorium stormed the stage with deluges of pounding applause for Paul Mauriat and his orchestra giving one of the finest musical evenings i n memory.
Mauriat, arranger, composer and French conductor, has assembled a big band with a big sound in the marvelous grand manner. His musicians are all stars in their own right and his arrangements are breathtaking and exciting whether they embrace the medley from "Hair ", the lilting Scherzo waltz of Chabrier, Jacques Brel's haunting "If You Go Away " or his own virtuoso composition. "Study in the Shape of Rhythm and Blues.M His orchestra is ready for sweet, swinging and svelte at the snap of Mauriat's fingers.
Arranging his band with piano, percussion, drums, woodwinds in front, his guitars and brass in the second raised row, and his nine expert violinists on the raised third row, he places three girl singers at stage left. These singers are distinctive and unusual. Mauriat does not let them sing words (with one exception), rather the singers supply a wordless tonal instrumentalization of their own to marvelous effect.
One must, of course, mention that along with his orchestra he has the talented saxophonist-clarinetist Gaston, who is also mime and hapless magician for the show's highlight comedy With a style that is Chaplinesque, Gaston's magic in the first half is riotous; his tennis player is comic ballet and musicianship supreme and his "Flight of the Bumble Bee " with small, medium and bass clarinet (child, mother and father) was a show-stopper of the night. He is superbly talented, this Gaston.
Another standout was pianist Andre Borly who performed the Chabrier Waltz with crisp, electric style, backed by the orchestra.
The program ranged from "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head ", through a Texas medley that brought an ovation, "Windmills of Your Mind ", a lovely French song, "Et Mourir de Plaisir ", a superb "Lara's Theme ", stunning "Moto Perpetuo " based on Paganini and a rousing "Hello, Dolly! " with all the stops out There were others in the program and not one was without its own brilliance and dazzling performance. It was a n enchanting evening and the largest attendance at an Artists Series event in some years attested to the wisdom of bringing such talent to the Auditorium stage for the predominantly student audience's entertainment.

The Daily Eagle 1970/11/02
Editor's Note: The following is a continuation of the review of Town Hall and Rotary Series presentation of Paul Mauriat and his orchestra, by Thyra Plass, Earle Music Critic

The way Mauriat's violinists went after "Western Fingers " they could easily out fiddle any of the so-called old timers with their hoe downs. Later these same violinists played a "Perpetual Motion " by Pagagnini (arranged by Mauriat) in unison and precision fit for a top symphony orchestra.
Meanwhile, the piano had its fine moments, too, whether it was Andre Borly in the Chabrier "Waltz " or Mauriat, himself, dashing off his "Rhythms " which he composed and which he played with great dash.
Both pianists obviously had a n abundance of both technique and the musicianship to use it wisely.
Mauriat's conducting techniques seemed somewhat unorthodox. Beating rhythm with both hands seemed a little strange when the left one might have been used for dynamics and cueing. However, his musical results were so fine that one wonders if it really matters how he goes about getting them.
Ninety per cent of it is probably imparted ahead of time anyway.
By far the most delightful surprise of the evening was Gaston, the comedian. His finesse measured up to French comedy in the best tradition. "Mr. Hulot's Holiday " came to mind as well as Fernandel's antics. Beyond the French, there were reminiscent touches of Charlie Chaplin revivals.
It did not matter whether Gaston was tooting a recorder concealed in a tennis racket, playing "The Flight of the Bumble Bee " on throe different clarinets (high E Flat, B Flat, and low B to us, but "father, mother, and the little one " to him) or directing the orchestra in "Gaite Parisien ", the results were just as hilarious.
We have not seen a better comedian in years, if ever.
There were thousands in the audience, often as far up as the rafters. There were all kinds and ages of people. It is true that to Paul Mauriat there are no generation gaps. When "Love is Blue " was finished the audience gave a standing ovation. This is the second justly earned one this year.
The other was for the Dallas Symphony. When "Love is Blue " was repeated the audience stood again. It gave us a good feeling that somehow everyone inside himself really distinguishes first rate entertainment from that which is not.

Billboard 1970/11/07

On photo:
JIM HOWARD (right), music director at WMOH, Hamilton, Ohio, greets French band leader Paul Mauriat and wife Irene during Mauriat's recent concert engagement at the Taft Theater, Cincinnati. The meeting was arranged by a mutual friend, Johnny Stark, manager of Mireille Mathieu, one of France's top female vocalists.

The Bridgeport Post 1971/02/07

BRIDGEPORT'S Paul Leka record producer and writer, is off to Paris for three weeks to produce an album for Paul Mauriat, the Frenchman who rose to fame in this country via his smash record of "Love Is Blue ". Producer Leka hopes to come back with both an album and a Single. He has written and produced two gold records: One in 1969, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye ", recorded by Steam on Mercury Records, and in 1968, "Green Tambourine ", recorded by the Lemon Pipers for Buddah Records. Both were No. 1 in this country. He has been credited with other hits, although they didn't quite reach the height of those two. It wasn't long ago that Paul used to toil day and night in a little studio above the Greyhound Bus Terminal In Bridgeport, but he gets a little more satisfaction out or the toiling he does now, which is just us perpetual.

Billboard 1971/12/25
By Ben Okano - Staff Member, Billboard Japan/Music Labo

TOKYO - The World Popular Song Festival, Tokyo '71, sponsored by the Yamaha Foundation for Music Education, attracted 757 entries this year from 54 different countries. This was a great increase over last year which attracted 541 entries from 45 countries and there is no doubt that as the Grand Prix song of the 1970 festival, "Dream of Naomi " was such a major success it added to the public interest in this year's festival.
During the three days of the Festival, 47 acts from 37 different countries participated and the Grand Prix* songs were "Tabidachi No Uta " (Song of Departure), composed by Hitoshi fcomuro, and "Un Jour L'Amour " (Day of Love), composed by Frenchman Andre Popp. "Song of Departure " was a Japanese entry ana received the Grand Prix prize at the 1971 Nemu Popular Song Festival.
It was performed by Tsunehiko Kamijo and Rokumonsen who shared the $1,000 prize money. Composer Komuro and lyric writer Kohei Oikawa split the $3,000 prize money.
Popp's "Day of Love " was performed by Martine Clemenceau.
The Grand Prix performance prize, $1,000 to the singer, went to Michele Torr for "Enfants d'Aujourd Hui, Hommes de Demain " which was composed by Paul Mauriat. Mauriat was unable to be present at the Festival because of a series of concerts he was making in the Kansai area of Japan.
Judged outstanding compositions, which was worth $1,000 to the composer and $500 to the singer, were:
Outstanding Composition ($1,000 to an act and $500 to a singer): "Bring Back Those Memories " - composer: Jack Winsley, singer: Bev Harrell; "Once in a World " - Peter Reber, Peter, Sue & Marc; "Enfants d'Aujourd'hui, Hommes de Demain " - Paul Mauriat, Michelle Torr; "Dolce, Triste " - Silvio Pavesses, Loretta Goggi;
 "Con Todo Mi Amor " - Jose A Fuentes, Antonio Zabaleta; "Take Your Leave " - David Curtis, David Curtis; "Planet of Love " - Sanford Alexander, Bonnie St Claire; "Obe-canje " - Nikica Kalogjera, Yupka Dimitrovska; "It's Lovely " - Ted Wade, Lou Sparkes; "A Year From Now " - Tony Hiller, John Goodi-son.
Outstanding Performance ($500 to a singer): "Can Todo Mi Amor " - composer: Jose A Fuentes; singer: Antonio Zabaleta; "Mi Ciudad " - Carlos Blanco, Carlos Blanco; "Song of Departure " - Hitoshi Komuro, Tsunefiiko Kamijyo and Rokumonsen; "Obecanje " - Nikica Kalogjera, Liupka Dimitrovska; "Cantigo " - Robert Luti, Domen-ika.
Of the songs heard at the Festival, 39 were written by male composers and only three songs were composed by females. There were 16 singer-writers which reflects a worldwide tendency.
The Mike Curb Congregation were special guest artists on the first day of the Festival, followed by Michel Legrand and Daniel Gerard.

Billboard 1972/04/22

PARIS - The French publishing company Tutti-Intersong is rushing cover and foreign language versions of many of the entries in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
The Contest, held in Edinburgh on Mar. 25, was won by " Greek-born Vicky Leandros. representing Luxembourg with "Apres Toi. " Miss Leandros has already recorded the song for Phonogram in English and German. _
Tutti-Intersong "meanwhile, is preparing covers of other titles in the Contest. A French version of the fourth-placed Dutch entry "Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat " has been recorded by Sandra and Andreas under the title "C'Est pour Demain " (It's For Tomorrow), with French lyrics by Michel Mallory. The song has also been offered to Vogue artist Antoine.
The Paul Mauriat Orchestra on Phonogram has already recorded an instrumental version of the Swiss entry, "Cest la Chanson de mon Amour ", which was sung in the Contest by Veronique Muller. Petula Clark has written the lyric for Miss Muller's English version of the song.

Billboard 1972/05/27

TOKYO - Nippon Phonogram presented a gold disk award to Paul Mauriat. He visited Japan to serve on the jury at the Tokyo Music Festival.

Billboard 1972/07/08
By Michael Way

Two titles, the US standard "Only You " and the Andre Popp, Pierre Cour classic "Love Is Blue " firmly placed the French light orcheslra on the international music map
 "Only You " dates back some ten years and sold for Franck Pourcel, now celebrating his 20th year in recording, some five million copies.
If he was the first European orchestra leader arranger to sell more than a million records in the United States. Paul Mauriat was the second. "Love Is Blue ", originally hidden on the *b* side of a Mauriat album, suddenly scored and is still being played Pourcel and Mauriat, who incidentally often work together and jointly wrote for Petula Clark "Chariot " (English title "I Will Follow You " with Raymond Lefevre, link up with Caravelli to provide France with us so well-loved "musique de fond " - easy listening in other words.
They all say there is no such thing as competition in this sphere, yet all four - Lcfevre and Caravelli arc particularly popular in Japan release some four to five albums a year, mostly filled with orchestral arrangements of French and foreign hits, plus a standard or two for good measure.
It seems that in this sector, collaboration is discreet but efficient, so that there are not too many clashes of material. The market is too good to be spoilt. Pourcel is currently at No. 39 in his series of albums and h3S sold something like 20 million rccords the world over.
All widely traveled, each conductor is well aware of differing musical taste across the world. So that, for example, the Lefevre album released in France bears little resemblance to that sold in the U.S., Britain or Germany. And of course all this requires a great deal of work.
Pourcel's albums are released in 44 countries (via Paramount in the U.S.). he has just completed a trip to Japan, taking in the Tokyo Song Festival, and has engagements in Berlin 3nd Britain this summer, including a recording in London of an album of standards.
Mauriat has made three tours of the USA, the last in October-November 1971 where he appeared at the New York Philharmonic Hall. Chicago. Boston. Detroit, etc., with of course "Love Is Blue " on each program. He is off to Brazil this autumn.
Caravelli also leaves for Japan in September, unusually for these conductors taking his full 35-man orchestra with him for a 15-concert tour. Last year he was in Argentina, Chile, Columbia and Mexico.
Lefevre perhaps concentrates more on French performances, conducting at galas and concerts, often with a leading singer. In Japan for spring, Lcfevre's main international market is the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
All four sometimes work as guest conductors with on-the-spot orchestras as in the case of the MIDEM galas, the Rio song festival or the Eurovision and San Remo song contests. On tour though they are more likely to take a dozen musicians with whom they work regularly and then complete the orchestra on arrival. The case, as with Caravelli, of taking the complete orchestra is rare.
For recordings and concerts in France, they operate with the pool of musicians who make up the Paris music scene, which lakes in film and TV soundtracks and commercials, some even working with the capital's top classical ensembles.
All four write their own arrangements, all highly-French in style which means romantic - yet with considerable individuality. Surprisingly they do not write a great deal of original material, each album rarely including more than one of their own works.
Also in common is their strict classical background, all four having studied at the elite Paris Conservatoire.
Franck Pourcel made his recording debut in 1952 with "Blue Tango " and "Limelight " - featuring a very young Michel Legrand on piano. Since then he has won numerous gold disks, including Japan and Mexico, French Grands Prix du Disque, the Dutch Edison Prize and numerous others.
Studying at the Marseilles and Paris Conservatories, Pourcel has never forgotten the classical side of his musical upbringing. He releases on average one classical recording a year and ha.4 conducted the London Spotlight on France Symphony and Paris Conservatoire and Lamoureux Orchestras.
Occasionally he releases a single, as recently with an extract from "Jesus Christ Superstar " but mainly concentrates on albums, his best-known series being Pages Celebres, bringing classics to the public.
Yet Pourcel, who studied violin, can ring the changes with the best. One of his top-selling recordings of the past years was Pourcel Plays The Beatles. He makes full use of strings and percussion, but a light jazz influence can often be heard in his arrangements.
He regularly arranges for Charles Aznavour and wrote the song "Avec " for him. This year alone he conducted at the Caracas, San Remo and Eurovision Song Contests.
Mauriat's style, in contrast, is much more modern, with emphasis on the brass and string sections. His arrangements are predominantly of foreign material as he maintains he is better known outside France than in.
This is why Mauriat, who first played the piano at four, rarely gives concerts at home. He travels a great deal, particularly in South America and Canada, and regrets that on his last U.S. tour he was unable to take up invitations to conduct the Hollywood Bowl and Boston Symphony Orchestras.
Mauriat also enjoys working with Aznavour, having arranged no less than 120 titles for the singer. "I always have the same pleasure accompanying him. I don't think anyone ever knows Aznavour completely. You discover something new in him each time ".
His musical taste, perhaps reflected in his orchestral style at times, is modern, with a preference for Debussy and Stravinsky, but occasionally leaning towards the rigorous classicism of Bach, the "composer's composer ".
Caravelli's background, half Italian, half French, is witnessed in his Latin touch. He first came to Paris in 1947, went to the Conservatoire, and three years later was already accompanying some of the leading artists of the time.
But it was only in 1959, during a visit to New York and a meeting with Ray Ventura, that the Caravelli Orchestra was born.
Caravelli invariably includes arrangements of classical works and film scores among the French and foreign titles that make up his albums. He is often in demand as a composer, and has written themes for Japanese television.
His classical background, as with his three colleagues, "and friends " as he says, has not affected his great liking for jazz and light music. And unlike the others, he concentrates on the most melodic of the French compositions of the day.
Raymond Lcfevre is the "Left Bank " musician of the four. He studied flute at the Conservatoire and this led him to the great swing sessions of the 40's and 50's in the era of the Hot Club de Franco and the poet - musician Boris Vian.
At the time he played piano with clarinetist Hubert Rostaing and the late Belgian tenor-saxophonist Bobby Jaspar. He first began orchestrating in 1956. the same yea working for three months as pianist at the Los Angeles Hilton Hotel.
He is the only one of the four to have made the British charts, where his album "A Whiter Shade Of Pale " sold nearly 40,000 copies. His 45-piece orchestra, with 25 strings, is under contract to record five albums a year. Lefevre also favors the satiny string sound against a modern rhythm section.
His first big success in the USA was his arrangement of "The Day
That The Rains Came ", written incidentally by French composer Pierre Delanoe. A great admirer of Nelson Riddle and Count Basie, Lefevre also wrote the scores for the popular series of French film comedies "Le Gendarme .. "
Of his rivals, and particularly Franck Pourcel, Lefevre says "It is a friendly rivalry. We are good friends and some years ago I used to write arrangements for Franck. It sometimes happens even that we write arrangements for each other when pressure of work is too great ".
The pooling of players was at the origin of one of the favorite anecdotes to go the music scene circuit. It concerned three trombonists, and under the French system, each musician is allowed one replacement now and again.
Usually this is another musician, but trombonists are rare, and on one occasion all three tried in vain to get a replacement for the same session. Finally each one went to his night watchman and told him Must follow the others, you won't have to do a thing ". The stony silence from the trombone section that night caused total confusion. Franck Pourcel maintains staunchly that the story is not true - some wonder.

On photos:

FRANCK POURCEL: a light jazz influence can often be heard in his arrangements.

PAUL MAURIAT: an equally famous Paris landmark.

RAYMOND LEFEVRE (right) discusses an arrangement with Barclay Records artistic chief Leo Missir.

CARAVELLI: conducting the Japanese NHK National Radio Orchestra.

Billboard 1978/02/11

MOSCOW - Paul Mauriafs orchestra, known here through several albums licensed to Melodiya played seven-date concert tour through Russia.

Billboard 1978/07/08

LONDON - Following the success of its push on the Imperials, Power Exchange here is mounting a major promotional campaign to establish French orchestra leader / composer Paul Mauriat in the U.K. marketplace.
Paul Robinson, company chairman, says, "Mauriat has sold more than 20 million albums round the world and is one of Polygram's biggest artists. We're spending well over $100.000 to help him command the same status here. We spent nearly as much on the Imperials, including bringing them over from the U.S. for a U.K tour, and the investment is paying off in terms of sales of singles and the new album. "
Main item in the campaign is the album "Overseas Call - The French Connection ", produced by Mauriat and Paul Leka at the Power Station Studio in New York, using American session musicians. It is the first Maunat album in a total of nearly 60 which features all-original material and it takes Mauriat solidly into the disco market.

Billboard 1979/05/26
By Kazu Fukatsu

…When discussing the Japanese concert market, there are some artists that cannot be overlooked. They are the artists that come almost every year such as Paul Mauriat (Kyodo). the Ventures (Kyodo). the Lettermen (Kyodo), Billy Vaughn (Kyodo) and Adamo (Udo) Most are very popular among office girls and people in their 20s and have an older group of fans They usually put on concerts throughout Japan and have had very successful results Paul Mauriat, who came last April, put on 56 concerts within a two-month span. They were all great successes. He holds the record for the most number of people to have seen his concerts
For Japan's Western music market, concerts by foreign recording artists is a necessity that is getting greater all the time….

On photo: Paul Mauriat is a perennial favorite in Japan

Billboard 1979/06/16

On photo:
ORIENTAL GOLD - Paul Mauriat receives a gold disk from Nippon Phonogram president, Nobuya Itoh, for Japanese sales action on the orchestra leader's "Pegasus " and "Blue Raindrop " albums. Mauriat and his Grand Orchestra were in Japan for an extensive concert tour, spanning 54 dates and drawing 160.000-plus.

Billboard 1982/05/22

Paul Mauriat and his Orchestra held 50 concerts in November-December 1981 throughout Japan, and they were all sold out. He comes to Japan every year, and his faithful, steady fans fill the halls.

Billboard 1996/01/20
By Fred Bronson

If you wanted to achieve a No. 1 single in 1968, the conventional wisdom said that you didn't release an instrumental. After all, five years had gone by since an instrumental single had topped the Hot 100-the last one to do so was "Telstar " by the Tornadoes in January 1963.
That may explain why no one was more surprised than Paul Mauriat when a track from his "Blooming Hits " album timidly debuted on the Billboard pop singles chart at No. 99 on Jan. 6, 1968. "Love Is Blue " was one of many cover versions on the Philips album, although the song was new to Americans. Written by Andre Popp and Pierre Cour as "L'Amour Est Bleu, " the song was performed by Vicky Leandros as Luxembourg's entry in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Vienna. When the voting was complete, the song ranked fourth (Britain won the contest that year with Sandie Shaw's "Puppet On A String ").

Leandros' Larger Destiny
Most Eurovision songs that come in fourth place are never heard from again, but "L'Amour Est Bleu " had a larger destiny. While Leandros recorded the song in 19 different languages, it wasn't a vocal version that would become an international hit.
By Feb. 10, 1968, Mauriat's "Love Is Blue " was on top of the Hot 100, the first song by a I French artist to top the American chart ( "Dominique " was sung in French, but the Singing Nun was from Belgium). Two weeks later, there were four different versions of "Love Is Blue " on the chart. Mauriat was joined by Al Martino at No. 57, Claudine Longet at No. 97 and Manny Kellem at No. 100 (two years later, the Dells would incorporate the song into a medley, "I Can Sing A Rainbow " / "Love Is Blue. " It peaked at No. 22).

Peg Marches After Pet
Ultimately, Mauriat had a five-week run at No. 1 with his blooming hit. It was not Mauriat's first experience of a No. 1 title, although no one realized it at the time. Five years earlier, he had been to the chart summit as a songwriter. Under the pseudonym Del Roma, he was one of the composers of a French song, "Chariot. " It became a European hit by Petula Clark, but the song gained international fame when it was translated into "I Will Follow Him " and recorded by Little Peggy March for RCA in 1963.
Eight years later, March was competing in a song festival in Majorca when a man she didn't know came up to her and thanked her for recording "I Will Follow Him. " Puzzled, March asked why he was thanking her, and Mauriat revealed for the first time that he was one of the song's composers.
The success of "Love Is Blue " in the U.S. led to an American tour by Mauriat and various television appearances by the orchestra leader who had arranged, conducted and produced many recording sessions in his own country. And when 1968 was over, "Love Is Blue " stood as Billboard's No. 2 single of the year, second only to the Beatles' "Hey Jude. "

Billboard 1996/01/20
By Stive McClure

Mike Nakamura of concert-promotion company Kyodo Tokyo says Mauriat's tour is being promoted through TV and newspaper ads and direct mail, as well as a poster campaign.
"I was in the audience of the first show of his first tour here in 1969. After the opening number, I was shocked when Paul made a three-minute speech in perfect Japanese without notes or any guidance." - Tats Nagashima

TOKYO - In the late '60s, when few foreign musicians took the Japanese market seriously, Paul Mauriat made a special effort to win the hearts of music lovers in this country. The result has been a deep and long-lasting relationship between the French bandleader and his legions of Japanese fans, who over the years have bought a total of 15 million Mauriat albums.
Mauriat's commitment to the Japanese market was evident from the word go.
"I was in the audience of the first show of his first tour here in 1969," recalls Tats Nagashima, who at that time was working for promotion company Kyodo Kikaku (predecessor of Kyodo Tokyo). "After the opening number, I was shocked when Paul made a three-minute speech in perfect Japanese without notes or any guidance.
"He had brought with him a musician-comedian called Gaston, and during the show he did a 10-minute skit with him-again in perfect Japanese," Nagashima continues. "For a world-renowned artist to take the time to memorize all this Japanese was, at the time, unthinkable. The audience really loved and appreciated it."

25 Trips East
Through the 1970s, Mauriat became a familiar figure on the Japanese concert scene. To date he has toured Japan some 25 times, which puts him in the same league as such other hardy perennials such as the Ventures.
One unique aspect of Mauriat's success in the Japanese market is the important role played by merchandising. Cufflinks, neckties, handkerchiefs and various other goods emblazoned
with the "PM" logo are always on sale at his concerts and are eagerly bought by fans seeking souvenirs of a very special listening experience.
Nippon Phonogram (now Mercury Music Entertainment) served as Mauriat's Japanese licensee from 1969 until Tokyo-based label Pony Canyon signed a worldwide master-rights deal with Mauriat in 1993.

Mauriat At The Movies
In January, Mercury will release two more Mauriat compilations from its extensive back catalog. The first comprises the 25 tunes most popular with his Japanese fans, and the second is made up of movie theme songs that have been given the PM treatment.
Toshiaki Arai, chief director of MME's international-pop department, says that Mauriat's Japanese fan base is very different from those of other foreign performers.
"They're not people who usually listen to foreign music," he says. "They just like beautiful orchestrated melodies."Another factor that has worked in Mauriat's favor, Arai points out, is that the instrumental nature of his music makes it much easier for Japanese fans to relate to, as opposed to being confronted with lyrics in a foreign tongue.

By Pony To China
Pony Canyon, which in the last few years has developed a strong network of affiliates in Southeast Asia, plans to aggressively market Mauriat's music in the region, including mainland China, according to Tatsuo Ozu, general manager of Pony Canyon's international A&R department. Distribution to the rest of the world is handled together with Mauriat's management, which has joint ownership with Pony Canyon of some of his masters.
"In the countryside, older people love his style of orchestration," says Ozu, who stresses the long-term appeal of the Mauriat catalog Pony Canyon is now assembling.
Pony Canyon international A&R staffer Jun Sato says, "We're not talking about normal pop-rock fans here. We're talking about everyday 'jii-chans' and 'baa-chans' ('grannies and grandpas'). Even if you are Mariah Carey, you don't get these people. His concerts could be the only concert that people go to all year.
"He has worked this market carefully over 25 years and toured extensively in smaller cities in Japan, and he was open to ideas like playing Japanese songs," Sato adds. "I think he lessened his ego and adjusted to the market. He worked hard to stay familiar with everyday people and tried to get away from the trends that change."

Beasts And Bodyguards
Mauriat's first project for Pony Canyon was an album comprising his versions of tunes by Japanese pop duo Chage and Aska (a Pony Canyon act).
"Then we released an album of new recordings of some of his famous tunes, like 'Love Is Blue' and 'El Bimbo,"' Ozu adds. His newest release on the label is an album of themes from recent movies such as "Beauty And The Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Bodyguard."
Mauriat's upcoming visit to Japan is his first in a number of years, and to capitalize on that, Pony Canyon is releasing a special "Japan tour" album. His Japanese tour kicks off Jan. 31 in Tokyo.
"Selling the CDs at the venue is a very big chance for us," says Ozu, noting that Mauriat will play 15 concerts in 14 days. "This is a very short concert tour compared to the previous ones."
Last April, Mauriat, together with Franck Pourcel, Raymond Lefevre and Francis Lai, recorded a special charity CD called "Quartet For Kobe" to aid the Japanese Red Cross in relief work in the earthquake-damaged western Japanese city.

On photo:
Mauriat in Ginza, Tokyo, November 1983

Fan club news 2016/11/02

Prepared by Dmitry Zhoukov

Paul Mauriat, the French master of “easy listening”, was not a superstar in France unlike the top-singers such as Charles Aznavour, Mireille Mathieu or Salvatore Adamo. But he managed to become No.1 of all French artists in the United States! And his numerous recordings, especially “Love is blue”, are continuing to be the one of the brightest and most attractive goods of whole French export.
10 years ago the Maestro's friends in the world felt orphaned. Own memories about Paul kindly shared the president of the Japanese record company Nippon Phonogram / Mercury Music Entertainment since 1990 to 1999 Alexander ABRAMOFF.

- Dear Alexander! Do you remember how started Paul Mauriat's popularity in Japan?
- I joined Nippon Phonogram, Paul Mauriat’s record company in Japan, in 1977 and at that time he was already a big name in the country. Thus, I was not there to witness how his popularity in Japan was kicked off. The music played by the Paul Mauriat Orchestra was tagged “Love Sound” in Japan and whenever one heard the phrase “love sound”, it was automatically associated with Paul and his music.

- How large was the Japanese audience of his orchestra in 70s?
- A good indication is that the Paul Mauriat Orchestra was doing around 30 sold out concerts throughout Japan each time the orchestra toured the country. Each venue could seat at least around 2,000 people.

- What recordings by Paul Mauriat are your favorite?
- There are so many, but if I were asked to name a few, I would say “Love is Blue” and “El Bimbo”.

- How you could explain the phenomenon of Paul Mauriat in Japan?
- Paul Mauriat is the only international artist to this date who played two sold-out shows in one day at the famous Nippon Budokan, a 10,000 seater in Tokyo - nothing else better describes the phenomenon. Also, although I could walk on Champs Elysees in Paris rather freely with Paul, I could hardly walk with him on streets in Tokyo as he was surrounded by fans the moment he was recognized.

- Surely, you have also contributed to its popularization as a journalist in "Billboard" magazine, is it not?
- I did not really “contribute” to his popularity as a writer for Billboard, but I certainly helped to spread the news of his popularity in Japan around the world including Brazil which was his second largest market after Japan.

- Do you remember your first contact with Paul?
- My first contact with Paul was in early 70’s when I interviewed him for a Japanese music trade paper called “Music Labo” which was the sister publication of Billboard in Japan. At that time, I did the interview in French which by that time I had studied for eight years at high school and university. He was very kind in answering all my questions and I still remember how thoughtful he was about Japan and his fans in the country. It was clear that he did not mind to spend his time and efforts on the market. After I joined Nippon Phonogram in 1977, we often talked about our first encounter but spoke in English as my French was weakening. The last time I practiced my French with Paul was at his farewell party which Nippon Phonogram, or Mercury Music Entertainment as it was call then, hosted for Paul in Osaka after his last concert in Japan. Paul liked my speech in French.

- Please, tell about your work with him at that time.
It was always a pleasure to work with Paul, but I must mention the wonderful manager he had beside him – late Valentin Coupeau. Valentin was the gentleman in every meaning of the word. He was at a mixing console at all of Paul’s concerts working on the sound. Valentin made it easy and pleasant to deal with Paul for all of us – i.e. people at a record company, concert promoters, press, etc. Without Valentin, I am sure Paul could not enjoy the popularity he enjoyed in Japan.

- What a person and an artist you recollect Paul?
- Paul loved Japan and his fans in the country. For every tour of the country, he prepared a five minute speech in Japanese which he memorized thoroughly and gave at the beginning of each of his concert throughout the tour. This of course moved hearts of people in Japan. Also, every time the orchestra toured Japan, they played Japanese hits which were popular in the country then. The hits were arranged in Paul’s style of “love sound” and, when they were performed at a concert, they were a pleasant surprise for its audience.
Paul not only cared about his fans in Japan, but he also took excellent care of members of his orchestra. After a concert, he took a small number of members of his orchestra out for dinner which was often held at a Japanese restaurant. He made it sure that every member was taken out for such dinner at least once during a tour. Such thoughtfulness moved hearts of members of his orchestra.

- Did he liked anything in Japan?
- Paul was a big fan of Japanese “Koshu” wine. He actually did a tv commercial for “Mercian Wine” in Japan. He was also a big fan of “Kobe Beef” which probably is the best beef in the world. He enjoyed going to “teppanyaki” restaurants in Japan. I also remember that he was a big fan of Japanese watches – “Seiko” was his favorite brand.

- Did Paul received a lot of offers from Japanese colleagues to cooperate?
- Yes, Paul did collaborate with many Japanese artists. The most noteworthy, I believe, is the film music he did for a Japanese film called “Madokara Romaga Mieru” (Roma dalla finestra) which was conducted by Masuo Ikeda. This was the single time that Paul did music for Japanese movie.

- What influence he have had on the J-pop?
- He may not have had any direct impact on J-Pop, but Paul did change the concert scene in Japan. Up until his time, people in Japan once they graduated from their university and joined a company and put on a necktie, they stopped going to concerts. However, Paul’s concerts drew older people and families. They even drew three generations – grandparents, parents and children.

- According to American "Billboard" magazine Paul Mauriat was awarded by the one gold disc in 1972 for the album "Penelope" and another gold disc in 1979 for the “Pegase” and “Mizuiro no ame”. How much he awarded prizes for other successful recordings, such as “El bimbo”?
- I do not remember how many gold albums Paul received in Japan. However, I do remember that at Nippon Phonogram we sold more than 20 million albums of the Paul Mauriat Orchestra over the years in Japan.

- For how much number of sold albums the artist was awarded a gold disc in Japan?
- Although there is an industry-wide standard for gold albums now in Japan, during the years when

- On your opinion, will Paul Mauriat always be alive in the people's hearts in Japan?
- I definitely think so. Paul’s music is still heard on tv, radio, in-stores and other places in Japan and his music will always be with people in Japan.


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