Raymond LeFevre

Raymond LeFevre Raymond Lefèvre (born November 20, 1929 in Calais, France), true name Raymond Lefèbvre is a French easy listening orchestra leader, arranger and composer.

He is best known for his 1968 theme Soul Coaxin' (Ame Caline), which became an international hit. He also wrote soundtracks for movies with Louis de Funès like La Soupe Aux Choux (1981) or the series of legendary Le Gendarme De Saint Tropez. During late 1950s and early '60s he accompanied Dalida on most of her recordings (Bambino, Por Favor, Tu Peux Tout Faire de Moi, Quand on N'A Que l'Amour). He started his musical career in 1956 on the Barclay label.

Early Career

He was accepted at the Paris Conservatory at 17 years old. During early 1950s he played the piano at the Franck Pourcel orchestra. He started his musical career in 1956 on the Barclay label and recorded his debut album at the same year.

He worked in the French television programs Musicorama (1950's) and Palmarés des Chansons (1965, 1966, 1967) accompaining famous artists with his own orchestra.

His recording of The Day the Rains Came was a best seller in the United States in 1958. The song Ame Caline (Soul Coaxin') became an international hit in 1968 and La La La (He Gives Me Love) was a minor hit in 1968 in Canada and the United States. In 1969 his recording of La Reine de Saba (Queen of Sheba) became a big hit in Japan. Between 1972 and early 2000s he made successful tours in Japan.

Filmmusic (excerpt)

The first soundtrack Lefèvre wrote in 1957 for Fric-frac en dentelles with Peter van Eyck.

Music for movies with Louis de Funès:
1964 - Le gendarme de St. Tropez
1965 - Le gendarme à New York
1967 - Les grandes vacances
1968 - Le gendarme se marie
1970 - Le gendarme en balade
1979 - Le gendarme et les extra-terrestres
1981 - La soupe aux choux
1982 - Le gendarme et les gendarmettes

Records (excerpt)

Concerto pour une voix..., LP 1970, Riviera 550.005 France
Concerto pour une voix..., LP 1970, Riviera/Seven Seas SR471 Japan
Raymond Lefevre et son grand orchestre, LP 1970, No.12 Riviera 70019 France/Canada
Variétés, LP 1971, Barclay 521146 UK
This is Raymond Lefèvre, LP 1971, Riviera SLMP 045
Softly, LP, Riviera RLP 16 001
Hits A Francaise, LP, Riviera RLP 16 006
Raindrops keep fallin' on my head, LP, Riviera RLP 16 007
Raymond Lefevre, LP, Riviera RLP 16 008
Soul Symphonies (Raymond Lefevre & son Grand Orchestre), LP 1971, Riviera RLP 16 027
Yesterday's Hits in Tomorrow's Sound, LP 1972, Riviera RLP 16.031
Soul Symphonies No 2 (Raymond Lefevre et son Grand Orchestre), LP 1971, Riviera RLP 16.041
Raymond Lefevre spielt Filmmelodien, LP 1976, Riviera RLP 16.092 (Germany)
Raymond Lefèfre (Japanese Maxi-Single, 45rpm), with La Reine De Saba, Eus, Et Maintenant, Tombe La Neige, Barclay CML 11
Concerto pour une voix..., LP 1977, Barclay 45510 Canada
Je t'aime moi non plus / Concerto pour une voix..., CD 1998, Riviera/Seven Seas VICP-60558 Japan
Mamy Blue / Holidays, CD, ...
Je T'aime, Moi Non Plus / Concerto.., CD, ...
Sans Toi Je Suis Seul, CD, ...
Best, Japan-CD, ...
Phantom of the Opera, Japan-CD, Victor VICP 41 281
Pop Classics, Japan-CD, ...
New Best One:Plays Classics, Japan-CD, Victor VICP...
La Reine de Saba/Adagio Cardinal, Japan-CD, Victor VICP 60557
Colezo! Twin, 2 CD, Japan-CD, ...
New Best One, Japan-CD, Victor VICP 41...
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