1922, Paris, France. The most famous of a long line of musical Lefevres, Raymond rivalled Franck Pourcel and Paul Mauriat as Frances answer to Mantovani after leading his orchestra beyond national celebrity into the US Top 40 in spring 1958 with a string-laden arrangement of Gilbert Becauds The Day The Rains Came (Le Jour Ou La Pluie Viendra). Judging by a prolific output licensed from Barclay Records, Lefevres records continued to sell well in the interim preceding another international smash with 1968s uptempo Soul Coaxing (Ame Caline) (from Volume Two) which was relentlessly plugged by the pirate radio ship Radio Caroline Singles chart windfalls were, however, secondary to trans-continental concert tours and the regular release of themed albums demonstrating the wonders of stereo. Often augmented with chorale, these consisted mainly of light classics (e.g. Operamania), film material,...
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