Charmaine, by Mantovani

I recently came across a song that brought back a flood of high school memories: Charmaine, performed by The Mantovani Orchestra.

(I did not know any girl named “Charmaine,” or any girl the music reminded me of, then or now. It’s all platonic.)

I am told the song was in the background of the 1950 movie, Sunset Boulevard, where Gloria Swanson famously plays the faded silent-film star Norma Desmond, slightly bizarre (more than slightly), who confuses her past popularity with the present. But I was unaware of this. The next time it is on TV, I will listen carefully.

In 1958, Mantovani released the record of his version. I had very few records, but I had that one on 45 RPM format, and probably played it more than any other. I would never throw it out, so it may still be around somewhere, but of course I no longer have a player for it. But I can listen to it anytime on YouTube and relive my high school days.


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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