Raymond Lefevre - Biography

Raymond Lefèvre (Raymond Lefevre, who was born November 20, 1929, in the town of Kale, France) - French conductor, arranger and composer. As a child, Raymond learned to play the flute at age 17, he entered the Paris Conservatoire (Paris Conservatoire National de Musique). In the evenings, after classes at the Conservatory, Raymond moonlights in Parisian nightclubs, playing the piano.


In the early 1950s he began to perform in the orchestra Franck Pourcel (Franck Pourcel), collaborates with a variety orchestra Hilda Bernard ("Bernard Hilda's Club des Champs-Elysees orchestra").

Since 1956, Lefebvre accepted for his solo music career, signing a contract with the famous French label Barclay Records. At the junction of the 50's - 60's, Lefebvre advocates akkopaniatorom on many recordings French star Dalida ("Bambino", "Por Favor", "Tu Peux Tout Faire de Moi", "Quand on N'A Que l'Amour" ). Raymond Lefevre and his orchestra sound on the records of many famous French ispolnitley, among them - Claude Francois (Claude Francois) and Richard Anthony (Richard Anthony). Both artists, by the way, originally (and Delilah) from Egypt. Already in the years gaining a reputation as a talented musician, arranger and bandleader. It invites the French television program in the periodic "Musicorama" (in the 50s), and later (in the 60s), Raymond Lefebvre participates in the musical TV show "Palmares des Chansons".

Name Lefebvre became even more widely known, thanks to his work in the film industry. First it was the soundtrack to the film music of Guillaume Rado (Guillaume Radot) "Fric-Frac en Dentelles" (1957), but his greatest popularity as a composer, brought a musical theme to the film series about the adventures of French gendarmes ("Le gendarme ..." 1964-1982) with the participation of famous French actor Louis de Funes (Louis de Funes).
For years, Raymond Lefevre was focused on the French public, and did not want to tour as many of his colleagues in the shop light instrumental music.

In 1968, Lefevre was known in the United States with its tooling songs Polnareffa Michel (Michel Polnareff) "Ame Caline" ("Soul coaxing"). Since that time, came to him international fame.

In 1972, his band was first invited to Japan, where many and toured until recently. Japanese companies produced more than 50 albums with his music and processing.

In 1995, as a flutist, Lefebvre took part in the recording of the quartet with a unique composition, where besides himself were Paul Mauriat (piano), Franck Pourcel (violin) and Francis Lai (accordion). The four of them recorded the song requiem "Quartet for Kobe" ("Quartet For Kobe") in memory of the victims of the devastating earthquake in Japan.

Raymond Lefèvre died on 27 June 2008 in the city of Port-Seine (France) at the age of 78 years.

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