Mantovani was a famous Italian opera singer and composer. He has left behind an extensive resume of recordings, many popular songs, and even his own song written for him by the great Giuseppe Verdi.
The “charmaine song” is a song by the Italian singer and actress, Charmaine. The song was released in 1959.
Mantovani was a conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist who became one of the most well-known and prolific easy listening performers of all time. His signature “cascading strings” (or “tumbling strings”) effect made him immediately identifiable, and his strong emphasis on the string section in general helped lay the groundwork for most of the light orchestral music that came after him. His discography included original compositions as well as lavish arrangements of well-known melodies such as TV and movie themes, show songs, pop singles (mostly of the MOR sort), classical material, and the like. Mantovani, who began his career in the 1920s, was a product of the recording era: he focused almost entirely on recording rather than live performance; he was one of the first artists to use the LP as a primary medium for his releases (rather than singles); he was one of the first popular artists to use stereo recording technology, and he was likely the first to sell over a million records in the stereo format. He experimented restlessly with miking procedures and other technical aspects throughout the course of an astronomically huge discography — more than 50 albums from the early 1950s until his death in 1980 (excluding his many 78 rpm recordings, which date back to the late 1920s).
Annunzio Paolo Mantovani was born in Venice, Italy, on November 15, 1905. His father was a talented violinist who played at Milan’s famed La Scala opera venue under Arturo Toscanini’s leadership. Mantovani started piano and music theory instruction when he was a child. The family relocated to England in 1912, with Mantovani’s father taking over as conductor of the Covent Garden Orchestra. Mantovani shifted from piano to violin at the age of 14, and although the latter remained his preferred instrument, he continued to compose on the piano. He made his professional debut two years later with a rendition of Anton Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1.” He joined a travelling orchestra and swiftly rose to prominence as a featured performer; by the age of 20, he was conducting the Hotel Metropole Orchestra, with whom he recorded a few recordings in 1928. In 1930 and 1931, he delivered high-profile concerts, including one in which he sang Saint-Saens’ “Violin Concerto in B Minor,” and he started to create a reputation for himself. At the same time, he founded the Tipica Orchestra and began a series of weekly radio broadcasts from London’s exclusive Monseigneur restaurant.
Mantovani and the Tipica Orchestra made highly successful appearances all over England, and recorded for Sterno, Regal Zonophone, and Columbia from 1932-1936; two of those records, “Red Sails in the Sunset” and “Serenade to the Night,” were hits in the U.S. in 1935 and 1936, respectively. Columbia changed the billing on his records to Mantovani & His Orchestra in 1937, and in 1940 he moved over to Decca. By World War II, he was one of the most popular orchestra leaders in England, and in the ’40s he also branched out into theater, serving as musical director for a number of productions including several by Noel Coward. Once World War II ended, Mantovani threw his energy into recording, and gradually moved away from live performances altogether. He experimented with different styles over a series of popular 78s for Decca, and hit upon his signature sound when he connected with arranger Ronald Binge, who’d once played accordion in the Tipica Orchestra. Binge was likely the man who devised Mantovani’s dramatic “cascading strings” effect, which the two first employed on the 1951 single “Charmaine,” a song originally written 25 years earlier. “Charmaine” was a major hit, selling over a million copies and definitively cracking open the U.S. market for Mantovani’s music.
A steady stream of hit singles followed in the early ’50s, including “Wyoming” (1951), “Greensleeves” (1952), the U.K. number one “Song From Moulin Rouge” (1953), “Swedish Rhapsody” (1953), “The Lonely Ballerina” (1954), “Toy Shop Ballet” (1956; it helped him win the U.K.’s Ivor Novello Award), and “Around the World” (1957). Additionally, Mantovani arranged, co-wrote, and backed David Whitfield on his U.K. chart-topper (and U.S. Top Ten) “Cara Mia” in 1954. Starting in 1953, he recorded what proved to be a deluge of LPs for Decca and its London subsidiary. The advent of rock & roll stunted his success on the singles charts, but his albums sold like hotcakes in America. From 1955 to 1972, well over 40 Mantovani albums reached the U.S. pop charts; 27 of those reached the Top 40, and 11 made the Top Ten. His biggest sellers included Christmas Carols (1953; it re-entered the charts several times), Strauss Waltzes (1953), Song Hits From Theatreland (1955), Film Encores (1957; his lone number one album), Gems Forever (1958), Mantovani Stereo Showcase (1960), Italia Mia (1961), and the smash Mantovani Plays Music From “Exodus” and Other Great Themes (1961), a number two hit that sold over a million copies and stayed on the charts for nearly a year. His version of the “Exodus” theme was just one of several successful recordings (others were by Ferrante & Teicher and jazzman Eddie Harris).
Mantovani’s pleasant, light symphonic music rapidly deviated from popular pop preferences as the 1960s progressed, and his chart positions dropped lower and lower (his final entry was Annunzio Paolo Mantovani in 1972). Despite this, he remained committed to his own style, accepting only those modern trends that he could interpret on his own terms. After the Decca label was disbanded and acquired by MCA in 1973, his recording efforts were halted, but he continued to write for many years after that. He died at his rural house in Tunbridge Wells, England, on March 30, 1980.
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