4 March 1925, Marseille, France, d. 3 November 2006, Perpignan, France. A conductor, arranger and composer, descended from generations of classical musicians, Mauriat began to study music at the age of four, and continued his studies at the Conservatoire in Paris when his family moved there in 1935. His initial ambition to become classical pianist gave way to an interest in popular music and jazz. When he was 17, Mauriet formed his own orchestra and, for several years, toured concert halls and theatres in Europe. His big break came when he began arranging and conducting for recordings by Charles Aznavour, a relationship which endured, and led to him working with other French artists. In the 60s his distinctive, melodic, arrangements on his own instrumental albums with a contemporary beat, gained him a substantial following. In 1962, under the pseudonym Del Roma, Mauriat co-wrote Chariot, which, sung in French, became a big Continental hit for Petula...
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