Chanson D'Amour::The Manhattan Transfer
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The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz vocal group founded in 1969 that has explored a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.

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 Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Gene Pistilli. The second version of the group, formed in 1972, consisted of Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé. In 1979, Massé left the group after being badly injured in a car accident and was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne. The group's long-time pianist, Yaron Gershovsky, accompanied the group on tour and served as music director. Trist Curless from the Los Angeles a cappella group m-pact became a permanent member in October 2014 following Hauser's death.

A personal favorite by The Manhattan Transter, "Chanson D'Amour" was written by Wayne Shanklin and originally recorded by Art and Dotty Todd in 1953. The Manhattan Transfer's cover was a European record breaking charting hit. Starting out on the charts in France at the start of 1977 to peak there at #8, the track subsequently became a hit in Germany (#20), the Netherlands (#6), Norway (#1 for two weeks) and Switzerland (#6). In the English speaking world, the song became a chart-topping hit in the British Isles reaching #1 in both the UK, and Ireland in 1977, with hit status also evident in Australia (#9), New Zealand (#14) and South Africa (#14). "Chanson D'Amour" would prove to be the Manhattan Transfer's most widespread international success, despite being largely overlooked in the group's native United States, where the track registered only on the Easy Listening chart at #16. The stunning actress in the video is Marlene Dietrich dancing in the 1944 film Kismet. (edited and mirrored)
                                                                                                                   Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear
                                                                                                                                                   Ludwig van Beethoven

Manhattan Transfer "Chanson D'Amour" 1977 [HD]
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Manhattan Transfer - Boy from New York City 1980
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