Franck Pourcel Biography

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 1952’s ‘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 Pourcel’s 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 by the early 70s with comparatively few chart placings. In Britain, for example, only This Is Pourcel registered in the album list. Nevertheless, its perpetrator continued to cut a suave, dapper figure at international award ceremonies when nominated for his lush film scores and easy-listening arrangements.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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