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Paul Mauriat

French composer/conductor Paul Mauriat is a classically trained musician who decided to pursue a career in popular music. His first major success came in 1962, as a co-writer of the European hit "Chariot." In 1963, the song was given English lyrics, renamed "I Will Follow Him," and became a number one American hit for Little Peggy March. Mauriat is best remembered for his 1968 worldwide smash "Love Is Blue."

Mauriat's ancestors were all classical musicians and he originally planned to follow in their footsteps, studying the music as a child and enrolling in the Conservatoire in Paris when he was ten years old. As a teenager, he became infatuated with jazz and popular music, which made him stray from his initial career path. At the age of 17, he formed an orchestra and began touring concert halls throughout Europe. These concerts earned him the attention of vocalist/songwriter Charles Aznavour, who hired Mauriat as an arranger and conductor. Through Aznavour, he began working with a variety of other French artists. For the remainder of the '40s and the '50s, he worked primarily as an arranger for other musicians.

Mauriat began a solo career in the early '60s, recording a series of instrumental albums that were distinguished by their sweeping, melodic strings and gently insistent contemporary rhythms. Using the pseudonym Del Roma, he co-wrote "Chariot," which became a hit for Petula Clark in 1962. The following year, the song was given a new, English lyric by Arthur Altman and Norman Gimbel and was recorded by Little Peggy March as "I Will Follow Him"; it became a number one hit in the U.S.

Throughout the '60s, Mauriat continued to record his pop instrumental albums, which became more popular as the decade progressed. His popularity peaked in 1968, when his version of "L'Amour Est Bleu" (Love Is Blue), which was Luxembourg's submission to the 1963 Eurovision Song contest, became an international hit, reaching number one on a number of charts, including America. The single was supported by Blooming Hits, an album that featured a selection of '60s pop hits; the album was massively popular and it is estimated that it sold in excess of two million copies worldwide. Mauriat became an international recording star, touring North and Latin America, Europe, and Japan, and making television appearances in several countries.

Although Mauriat's popularity dipped in the early '70s -- he only had two other U.S. hit singles, "Love in Every Room" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," which were both minor -- he continued to sell respectably throughout the world, particularly in Europe. After the '80s his recorded output slowed as his Western audience dwindled, but in the Far East he found a loyal following. Tours of Russia, China, and Japan would continue until 1998 when the conductor gave his last live performance in Osaka. A year later, former lead pianist Gilles Gambus would become conductor of the orchestra, and then in 2005 French horn player Jean-Jacques Justafre would be handed the baton. On November 3, 2006, Mauriat died in the southern French city of Perpignan. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Kenneth M. Cassidy, Rovi
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Paul Mauriat is wonderfully refreshing. His arrangements are so energetic and uplifting.
PAUL MAURIAT ,SEMPRE PIACEVOLE ! !
Awesome!
silpalerma
Marvelous ! !
meraviglioso !
True Outstanding Orchestra!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Gracias a mi hermano mayor pude escuchar estas bellas melodias de Paul Mauriat, cuando yo aun era pequenio de edad y los recuerdos se mantienen, musica para la posteridad, la que nunca muere.
I lived in Latvia and grew up with his music.Always beautiful.It was 1964.Still very good
When I lived in Europe, I remember my daddy playing this music, Now I am 17 and I live in America and I can say that non of this American modern music can sound and be as good as this amazing older music. Love Love this artist and I hope my children will one day listen to this music, and love it the way I do.
Does not sound like the original radio versiion of Love Is Blue.
I fell in love with his music I was16 up to this day.
Fromjj.Paul Mauriat is my heart .l grew up listening this talented man I was sixteen. I fell in love until today. All his repertoire is sensational. Lov
Je te aime Paul Mauriat! The magic of your music make fly. I grew up playing Love is blue
ambermica
growing up, my dad used to play his music at home all the time. so glad he did! my favorite ,of course, was and still is Love is Blue.
Permanece en my corazon
soy feliz escuchando esta musica
esa música es para mi una de la música mas bella, es de lo mejor.
this are all my favored artists they are great, thank you.
esto es realmente lo mejor de lo mejor para el q sepa de musica es transportars e a lugares inimaginable s .
Timeless music. I heard Love Is Blue on the radio back in the '80's, excellent composition and such beauty for a song that is so sad.
esto es musica para todo aquel q gusta la verdera musica q lleba a unoa sonar despierto... m e transporta a lugares en donde hoy dia ..con el correr del tiempo..se nos a perdido el sabor de las tantas cosas bonitas que hay aun en este mundo....
anirari
lo mas bello que hay de musica clasica
ron4505
Need to add his Black is Black and El Condor Pasa albums
pnn_king
hearing this song like so many others,takes me back to my childhood,su c h simpler times indeed!!! i wish i could bring it back.
Childhood memories of my mom, listening to the radio. This takes me way back. Love it.
This was music I studied to in college. Whenever I hear it, I remember the best and worst time of my life; of love found and lost. When the sun, in a fit of temper, hides behind an ashen cloud, raw winds overturn leaves, shredded newspapers cartwheel in the sooted sky and crystal tears of anguish drizzle in incessant screens, then love is blue, and cold and wasted.
love is blue is forever song when i heard , it make me back my olddies time
outenreath
Brings back memories of my First Love....I still think of him 43 years later..
alfredcon
UN GRAN MUSICO DONDE QUIERA QUE ESTE......GR A C I A S POR TAN LINDAS COMPOSICIONE S Y POR RECREAR NUESTROS SENTIDOS CON ELLAS....
Yeah, I get teary-eyed too:(
roblin0
Whenever I hear Love is Blue, I think of my father. I miss you Dad.
Every time I want to fly back in time ,school years in Havana 1974 , I play Bert Kaempfert, Barry White, Franck Pourcel ,Mantovani and Percy Faith ;mais surtout ,Paul Muriat . Love is Blue ( azul or sad?)
Beautiful music!!!
maxado1
It is the BEST
jeanjacque3
odd. i can only guess this type of music was a product of the sensibility of the times. but WHERE did it come from? Hints of polka, bossa nova (cheaper air travel to South America exposing musicians to the Latin music)...wha t else?
I'm in love. Yummy.
junierherrer a
I be came fan of his music in 1974 and I'm steel love it ...
he is a great pianist
This was the song they were playing in the Blue Oyster bar in Police Academy
Beautiful. All the way to the end. Bravo!!
ekiwua54
I Like... Beautiful music...for ever..
my favorite band
pnguy9
"Love is Blue" was my father's favorite and it is always my favorite. Musique merveilleuse . I have listened his music since I was 12 years old. His music is timeless.
I am from South Viet Nam, South East Asia.
msgambler
I love his music
I can listening Paul Mariatt every day and not get tired.

I listening his music since I was 15 years old. His music is timeless.
I am from Peru South America.
How I would have loved to meet this person! What a talented man he was! I remember when I first heard Love Is Blue when I was 9 years old on the "big stereo"...I wanted to learn it. So I played it over and over until I got the various parts in it....

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Timeless music.
great song!!

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