FRENCH SHOW TO TOUR THE SOVIET
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
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
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
PAUL MAURIAT, ED AMES ARE FINDING FAVOR WITH THEIR MUSICAL
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
PUBLISHERS FLIP AS MANUFACTURER SWITCHES SIDE ON CLICK
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
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.
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 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
MAURIAT TO DO U.S. TV DATE
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 "
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
POWELL AND GENTRY WILL HEAD SULLIVAN SHOW THIS SUNDAY
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
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
The Daily Inter Lake 1968/02/18
NATION LISTENING TO "LOVE IS BLUE "
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
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
"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
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
"BLUE " STRIKES UP THE BAND
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
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
MORE ARTISTS, INCLUDING LAWRENCE WELK, ARE RECORDING "LOVE
IS BLUE "
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
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
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
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
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
1. "Love is Blue " by Paul Mauriat
2. (Theme From) "The Valley of the Dolls " by Dionne
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
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.
DOUBLE FOR MAURIAT
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.
CROMA'S COLBY IN A TRIP TO PARIS
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'S TOP RECORDS: NO. ONE CAN'T
SHAKE PAUL MAURIAT
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:
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
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
UNDER 20: POP MUSICAL SCENE -
WHERE IS IT GOING? IS ROCK DEAD?
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
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.
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
The Times Recorder1968/08/25
On The Record: MANY OF TODAY'S
ALBUMS FEATURE "LOVE IS BLUE "
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.
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.
MAURIAT PLUGS DISKS IN MILAN
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
MAURIAT TO KICK OFF TOUR WITH CONCERT HERE APRIL 8
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
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
LEVERETT WRIGHT: IMPRESARIO IN WORLD OF MUSIC
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
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
"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
"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 ".
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 ".
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
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
PAUL MAURIAT TO PRESENT AREA CONCERT
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
MAURIAT COMING APRIL 8, SPONSORED BY LIONS CLUB
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
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
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
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
The Bridgeport Post 1969/03/15
To Open Tour Here: CONCERT SLATED BY HIT SONGSTER
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
The Bridgeport Post 1969/03/23
PAUL MAURIAT SOARED TO FAME WITH "LOVE IS BLUE " RECORDING
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
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
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
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
"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
MAURIAT ORCHESTRA CONCERT SET MAY 9 IN RPI FIELD HOUSE
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.
MAURIAT WILL BEGIN U.S., CANADA TOUR
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
PAUL MAURIAT SOUND TO FILL KLEIN IN U.S. PREMIERE CONCERT APRIL 8
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.
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
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
LOVE THEME TUNE DOMINATE MAURIAT CONCERT REPERTOIRE
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
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
THE HAPPY SOUND CAME TO KLEIN
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
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.
MAURIAT ALBUM GETTING PHILIPS' MASSIVE PITCH
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.
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.
TOUR FEATURES "MUSIC WAVE "
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
HARPSICHORD STAR FROM FRANCE TO PLAY AT RPI
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
"VIVA A "LA FRANCE " CHANTS POCONO CATHOLIC AUDIENCE
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
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
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
MAURIAT PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
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
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
MAURIAT AT RPI
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
MAURIAT STYLE AT RPI LIKENED TO POURCEL
By Howard Healy
Troy NY Times Record 1969/05/10
MAURIAT STYLE AT RPI HAD POURCELIAN
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
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
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
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
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.
MAURIAT STAGES TWO-HOUR LOVE-IN WITH AUDIENCE
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
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.
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 TO APPEAR AT KLEIN MEMORIAL OCT 5
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
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.
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.
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.
UA MUSIC IN "ONE WORLD " PITCH FOR FOREIGN SONGS
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
United Artists Records has scheduled "The Best of France " album for release in
the U.S. this Fall.
The Bridgeport Post 1970/09/13
MAURIAT OFFERS HIT TUNES FOR CONCERT HERE OCT. 5
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
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
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
NOTED PIANIST TO APPEAR AT FIELD HOUSE
Troy NY Times Record 1970/09/23
MAURIAT HAS DATE AT RPI
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
ANNOUNCE MAURIAT PROGRAM
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
"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
MAURIAT SETS FIELD HOUSE CONCERT STAGE
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
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
Troy NY Times Record 1970/10/02
PAUL MAURIAT WILL CROWN MISS UF
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
MAURIAT TO PRESENT POPS CONCERT TONIGHT
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
PARENTS WEEKEND TO FEATURE PAUL MAURIAT
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
MUSIC APPRECIATION SEEN LACKING IN CITY
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
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
I can only conclude that there is no appreciation for fine music in the
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
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
CRITIC, SPECTATORS AGREE: PAUL MAURIAT "FANTASTIC "
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
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)
PAUL MAURIAT. PHILHARMONIC HALL, NEW YORK
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.
MAURIAT TOUR SLATED FOR '71
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
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
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
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
"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
ORCHESTRA: MAURIAT SLATES CONCERT TODAY
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
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
TUESDAY NIGHT: MAURIAT SETS NEW SERIES "INTO ORBIT "
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
The Daily Eagle 1970/11/02
FRENCHMEN BRING MUSIC AND AMUSEMENT TO TAMU
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
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.
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.
TOKYO SONG FESTIVAL-ENTRIES, ARTISTS INCREASE
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
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.
FRENCH PUB RUSHES EURO WON COVERS
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
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.
TOKYO - Nippon Phonogram presented a gold disk award
to Paul Mauriat. He visited Japan to serve on the jury at the Tokyo Music
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
"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
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
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
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.
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.
MOSCOW - Paul Mauriafs orchestra, known here through
several albums licensed to Melodiya played seven-date concert tour through
MAJOR PUSH FOR MAURIAT IN U.K.
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
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
CONCERTS SPARKLE WITH WESTERN STARS
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
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
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.
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.
MAURIAT IN AMERICA: A SURPRISE SINGLE PROVED INSTRUMENTAL TO HIS SUCCESS
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
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. "
MEGA-FANDOM IN JAPAN. FOR A QUARTER CENTURY, PM
HAS FOUND A LARGE FAR EAST FOLLOWING FOR "BEAUTIFUL ORCHESTRATED MELUUIES"
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
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.
Mauriat in Ginza, Tokyo, November 1983
Fan club news
PAUL MAURIAT'S MUSIC WILL ALWAYS BE WITH PEOPLE IN JAPAN
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
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
- 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
- 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.