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Franck Pourcel

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French violinist Franck Pourcel is best-known for his jazzy string arrangements of pop hits, as well as his lush easy listening arrangements and film scores.

Initially, Pourcel studied classical violin at the Paris Conservatoire, but he found the allure of jazz irresistible. In particular, he was an idol of Stephane Grappelli. Following his studies, he joined a number of jazz combos, which led him to his role as the leader of the French Fiddlers, who he joined in the late ’40s. The French Fiddlers were a group of violinists that performed jazzy versions of classical numbers or classical arrangements of pop and jazz tunes. They signed to Pathe-Marconi and continued to refine their sound so they could reach a broader audience. The group earned their first hit in 1952 with a version of “Blue Tango.”

In 1959, the French Fiddlers had a hit with an easy listening version of the Platters’ “Only You” that featured a prominent beat; appropriately, it was credited to Franck Pourcel and His Rockin’ Strings. It was a sound that became quite popular during the ’60s, though frequently other musicians were more successful with it than Pourcel. Indeed, “Only You” was his only U.S. Top Ten hit. Nevertheless, he and the Fiddlers — who recorded under a variety of names — sold over 15 million records internationally by the early ’70s. Pourcel continued to record easy listening albums and compose film scores throughout the ’70s and into the ’80s.
In 1958, he recorded an LP with the Viennese’s Waltzes, and then decided to lead his « Variety » public to the discovery and appreciation of popular classical pieces.

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  • calmro

    this beautiful music that can be heard again and again

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kakataaa

    lindo

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • kakataaa

    geniallllllll

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • kakataaa

    genial

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • mpinhteix

    MARAVILHA PARA OS OUVIDOS E PARA A ALMA

    27 Sep 2010 Reply
  • eperaltapy

    sono poche le persone che capiscono il valore di la musica che vanno fino al fondo dil cuore,che fanno l´anima vivrare.

    21 Apr 2010 Reply
  • eperaltapy

    spero li piaciono questi suoni peche sono veramente maravigliosi

    21 Apr 2010 Reply
  • alexchaparro

    exelente compositor desde que contava con un año mi papa anselmo chaparro escuchaba sus composiciones y ahora soy un fanatico de la musica de frank cest la vie desde venezuela en el centro de la jungla en el delta de orinoco donde resido con mi famila saludos papa donde quiera que estes te quiere alex

    5 Jan 2008 Reply

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