Classy a capella vocals – the Manhattan Transfer’s 1977 hit, Chanson D’Amour.
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- Formed in New York in 1969, The Manhattan Transfer is a jazz vocal group.
- There have been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer, with Tim Hauser the only person to be part of both. The first group consisted of Tim, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Gene Pistilli. They released only one album – it was unsuccessful and the group broke up. The second version of the group, formed in 1972, consisted of Tim, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé.
- In 1979, after Laurel being badly injured in a car accident, Cheryl Bentyne joined the group. Then, in 2014, following Tim’s death, Trist Curless joined.
- In 1975, the group released their eponymous album and hit the charts for the first time. The album included their first hit single, the gospel song, Operator.
- In all, they have released 29 albums – the last in 2009 being a collection of Chick Corea music.
- In 1981, the Manhattan Transfer made music history by becoming the first group to win Grammy awards for both popular and jazz categories in the same year with their hit, The Boy from New York City. In 1982, they won another Grammy – Best Jazz Vocal Performance for Route 66. In all, they won eight Grammy’s.
- In 1998, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
- The Manhattan Transfer continue to tour today.
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- Chanson D’Amour, meaning Love Song, was written by Wayne Shanklin in the mid-1950’s.
- Chanson D’Amour was first recorded by husband and wife duo, Art and Dotty Todd in 1958. Their version peaked at #6 on the US charts in 1958.
- Charting concurrently with Art and Dotty were The Fontane Sisters who recorded a version of Chanson D’Amour and peaked at #12.
- The Manhattan Transfer recorded the song in 1976 for their Coming Out album and, in 1977 reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart.
- Cover versions have also been released by The Lettermen, The Muppets and The Nolans.
- Chanson D’Amour was featured in the episode “The Pop Star”, the 1984 series finale of the long-running British sitcom Are You Being Served?
- It also features on the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s final film Eyes Wide Shut (1999).
- Chanson D’Amour lyrics.
chanson d’amour – the manhattan transfer – 1977 – video
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