AND THE GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST SONG GOES TO - 1961
Winning Composer : Ernest Gold (Aus, US)
For the composition : Theme From Exodus
The other nominees that year were :
Charles Randolph Grean, Joe Allison and Audrey Allison for "He'll Have to Go" performed by Jim Reeves
Lew Spence, Marilyn Keith and Alan Bergman for "Nice 'n' Easy" performed by Frank Sinatra
Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen for "Second Time Around" performed by Andy Williams
Max Steiner for "Theme from A Summer Place" performed by Percy Faith
This violinist, arranger, composer and band leader was raised in Berlin. At the age of three he was given a toy violin by his father, himself a professional violinist. The gift was soon replaced by the real thing, and at the age of six he was on the cabaret stage of the Faun on Berlin’s Friedrichstrasse. At the age of 11 he played Mozart’s Violin Concerto In G Major on radio, and was soon performing in concert throughout Germany. When Zacharias was 17, he bought himself a Hammig instrument with the proceeds of a Fritz Kreisler Award. In 1941 he recorded a swing session at the Odeon Studio on Schlesische Strasse, but was drafted into the German army shortly afterwards.
Following the war Zacharias enjoyed spells with various ensembles before forming his own orchestra, which became popular throughout Europe. One of his biggest hits, ‘When The White Lilacs Bloom Again’ (a version of the German song ‘Wenn Der Weisse Flieder Wieder Bluht’), was also released in the USA in 1956, and almost made the Top 10. In the late 50s Zacharias settled in Ascona, the Italian part of Switzerland, and, soon afterwards, in the early 60s, began to make an impact in the UK with several successful albums. Some of them were credited ‘with Orchestra’, and others ‘with Magic Violins’. One of the latter was ‘Love Is Like A Violin’, which was enormously successful for Zacharias on the Continent, but was kept out of the UK chart by a version from singing comedian Ken Dodd in 1960. Four years later, Zacharias made the UK Top 10, unopposed, with ‘Tokyo Melody’, which he wrote with Heinz Hellmer and Lionel Bart. It was the theme tune for the 1964 Olympic Games, the first occasion they had been held in Asia.
Zacharias continued to prosper with his mixture of contemporary pops and light classics, played in a relaxed, swinging style, with the ever-present fiddle. His Greatest Hits contained numbers such as ‘Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White’, ‘Under The Linden Tree’, and one of his own most attractive compositions, ‘Blue Blues’. Zacharias retired from playing in the 1990s.
A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING
Written by French singer/composer Gilbert Becaud and originally titled "Un peu d'amour et d'amitié".
The song reached the UK charts top 10 in 1975 (obviously in the English version).
Fabulous arrangement of the famous Becaud composition - one even may get the feeling that the song was written "especially" for violin.... Some of the typical features of the original -eg an unexpected drumbeat and a hammond organ- were incorporated here too. Zacharias is, as usual, in full control of his fiddle and the backing orchestra's support is "top notch". Easy listening at it's best ! Enjoy.