Sunday, April 1, 2007

Raymond Legrand - 'Istanbul' in French

'Istanbul (Not Constantinople)' became a big hit for a second time when a cover version was released in 1990 by They Might Be Giants.
The first time came in 1953, as recorded by The Four Lads.

With a melody seemingly based upon 'Puttin' On The Ritz', it was written by Nat Simon and lyricist Jimmy Kennedy.

Kennedy also penned lyrics for 'Red Sails In The Sunset', 'Teddy Bear's Picnic', and 'My Prayer', among others.

Raymond Legrand (1908 - 1974) was a French orchestra leader, having formed his own group after working as arranger for Ray Ventura's band.

He was also father to renowned film composer Michel Legrand.

Looks to me like this LP was released in the mid-1950's, the 'Istanbul' arrangement following fairly quickly on the heels of the Four Lads' hit.

Listen to: Raymond Legrand et son orchestre - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (click for audio)


baikinange said...

I LOVE this version....thank yu so much for posting it!

Zeinobia said...

Thank You so much for sharing , I found it while research , I love this version

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