Paul Mauriat (French: 4 March 1925 – 3 November 2006) was a French orchestra leader, conductor of Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat, who specialized in the easy listening genre. He is best known in the United States for his million-selling remake of André Popp’s “Love is Blue”, which was #1 for 5 weeks in 1968. Other recordings for which he is known include El Bimbo, “Toccata”, and “Penelope.” Mauriat was born and grew up in Marseille, France. His father was a postal inspector who loved to play classical piano and violin. Mauriat began playing music at the age of four and enrolled in the Conservatoire in Marseille at the age of 10, but by the time he was 17, he had fallen in love with jazz and popular music. During World War II, Mauriat started his own dance band and toured concert halls throughout Europe. In the 1950s, he became musical director to at least two well-known French singers, Charles Aznavour and Maurice Chevalier, touring with them respectively.

Label: Philips ?– PHS 600-255
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1967
Genre: Pop

Tracklist

Jingle Bells
White Christmas
Trois anges sont venus
Silent Night, Holy Night
Rin Rin
Entre le boeuf et l’ane gris
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Il est ne le divin enfant
O Tannenbaum
Adeste Fideles
O Holy Night
Petit Papa Noel

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