One big band that leaves nothing to the imagination is Paul Mauriat's. He had recorded so many cover albums his peers can only drool over his success. He had more than a thousand tiles from the Polygram label alone from 1965 to 1993. In Singapore, it was the 60s music revelation, as bands were in the midst of dishing out covers too.
To date he sold over 40 million albums around the world. His popularity in Japan was common knowledge and had concerts there from the 70s. He was so established that a line of saxaphones were named after him.
Paul Mauriat, who born in 1925 and died in 2006, was a French orchestra leader who specialized in light music. He was best known in the United States for his remake of André Popp's Love is Blue, which was at the top spot for 5 weeks in 1968.
Other recordings in his repertoire, of which only a small number can be listed, included melodies from movies, songs by top recording stars like The Beatles and countless other world hits and evergreens from the 60s onwards. There must be some Paul Mauriat albums in that cupboard.
Image: Universal Music.
Statistical information: Paul Mauriat's websites.
Original article: Andy Lim.