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Nights At The Roundtable - Raymond Lefevre - 1968

Nights at the Roundtable with Raymond Lefevre and a song that worked it's way into the subconscious of just about everyone who heard it in 1968, Soul Coaxing.

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<strong>Raymond Lefevre - music as delayed reaction in 1968</strong>.

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During the waning days of Top-40 AM radio in 1968, one song stands out in my mind as never being identified, always used as either lead-in to the news, lead out to a commercial or somehow dropped into the middle of a set virtually unnoticed. Yet somehow it wound up being the song that would often repeat in my head, usually around three in the morning, and always followed with "what the f**ck is the name of that song?"

At first I thought it was one of those oddball instrumentals by The Who (remember Waltz For A Pig, the b-side of Substitute by The Who Orchestra?), since there was a prevalent French Horn in the song and Pete Townsend was going through his French Horn phase (The Overture to Tommy) I figured maybe it was yet another Who masterpiece masquerading as the flip side to something.

And it wasn't until years later that I heard the song again and found out it was by Raymond Lefevre and His Orchestra - a big hit in Europe, racing up the French charts and an instrumental version of a song originally written by French Ian Hunter look-alike, Michel Polonareff.

Since 1968 the song had been hijacked by the "Beautiful Music" format of 1970's FM and turned into something of a Middle-of-the-road classic. And, truths to tell, the song did straddle the worlds of Bland and Pop pretty well for a long time.

But Raymond Lefevre was no slouch or anonymous hack. He was a first rate film composer with an impressive list of credits and he was a widely respected musician and arranger who was much in demand in French music circles.

But, as I suspect a number of you who remember hearing this song over and over and not knowing the name of it or who did it, here's the answer to your sleepless nights: Soul Coaxing (Ame Caline - in french) by Raymond Lefevre and His Orchestra.

Another of life's elusive questions is answered.

And the world of Pop Music spins quietly and deceptively on.

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