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1 January 1915, Marseilles, France, d. 12 November 2000, Paris, France. With the violin his chosen instrument, Pourcel found playing in downtime jazz combos a liberating change from his studies at the Paris Conservatoire. He became an admirer of Stéphane Grappelli whose mainstream style he emulated before assuming leadership of the French Fiddlers in the late 40s. Signed to Pathé-Marconi, the orchestra adjusted to the popular forum and was rewarded with encouraging sales for 1952s Blue Tango. Seven years later, a novel instrumental version of the Platters Only You - attributed to Franck Pourcel And His Rockin Strings - represented the commercial peak of Pourcels career as it scaled the US Top 10. It also anticipated the early 60s Stringbeat that proved beneficial to John Barry and Adam Faith. Collectively, the Fiddlers - under whatever name they called themselves - had sold 15 million records...