Duck's Musical Flashback: 1968 - Love is Blue
In February and March of 1968 a haunting lyric from France topped the American pop charts for five weeks, Paul Mauriat's instrumental arrangement of Andre Popp and Pierre Cour's entry in the 1967 Eurovision song contest "L'Amour Est Bleu". My father, a lover of beautiful tunes, what we now call "easy listening" or "maudlin", would turn up the volume on the radio whenever this song was played. I seem to remember that it was the first song that my cousin Freddie and his wife Denise danced to at their wedding reception.
I also remember seeing the song performed by Claudine Longet on her husband (at the time) Andy Williams show, which was memorable for me because being ten at the time Claudine was one of the first women I remember having a crush on, the other being figure skater Peggy Fleming, who won her gold medal in Grenoble, France at the 1968 Winter Olympics at the same time "Love Is Blue" was being played on the airwaves. I guess I had a thing for winsome, waifish brunettes. For those who share my appreciation, here is Claudine Longet's version.