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Album Review

Maurice Chevalier's success in Gigi, coupled with his 1959 Special Academy Award, transformed him from a figure of pre-war nostalgia into a major recording artist. MGM Records leaped at the opportunity with this album, on which the singer not only offers "C'est Magnifique," "It's All Right with Me," and "I Love Paris" from Can Can, but also "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and "Get Me to the Church on Time" from My Fair Lady (which has a special resonance and irony, being a close musical relative of Gigi), and "Just in Time" from Bells Are Ringing, amongst other hit songs from recent (and not so recent) shows. Chevalier was in excellent form on this recording, which deserves to be reissued.


Born: 12 September 1888 in Menilmontant, France

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Dubbed "the French Al Jolson," Maurice Chevalier was among the most beloved song-and-dance men of the pre-war era. Born September 12, 1888 in Paris, he was the youngest of nine children, quitting school at the age of 11 to work as an apprentice engraver and factory worker. Chevalier also later performed as a circus acrobat, but after suffering serious injuries he instead turned to singing in Parisian cafes and music halls; although his voice lacked power, he compensated with his fine comedic skills,...
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