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The Swingle Singers is a vocal group formed in 1962 Paris, France with Ward Swingle, Anne Germain, Jeanette Baucomont, and Jean Cussac. Christine Legrand, the sister of composer Michel Legrand, was the lead soprano in the group. There were a total of 8 members in the group: two sopranos, two altos, two tenors, and two bass. A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... Ward Swingle was the product of an unusually liberal musical education. ... Michel Legrand (born February 24, 1932 in Paris) is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor and pianist. ...


History

The group, directed primarily by the eponymous Ward Swingle (who once belonged to the famed French vocal group Double Six) began as session singers mainly doing background vocals.


Contrary to popular belief, the Burt Bacharach-penned song "South American Getaway" from the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was NOT performed by the Swingle Singers. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 Western film that tells the story of bank robber Butch Cassidy (played by Paul Newman) and his partner The Sundance Kid (played by Robert Redford). ...


They sang with French pop star Etienne Daho on his song "Timide intimit√©" from his 1996 album Eden, and with the Style Council on their song "The Story of Someone's Shoe" from the 1988 album Confessions of a Pop Group. (Style Council leader Paul Weller claims the song was inspired by the Swingle Singers' 1967 album with the Modern Jazz Quartet, Place Vendome.)[citation needed] Étienne Daho (born January 14, 1956 in Oran) is a French singer. ... The Style Council was formed by ex-Jam singer and guitarist Paul Weller with keyboardist Mick Talbot in 1983. ... Paul Weller (born John William Weller, 25 May 1958, in Stanley Road, Woking, Surrey) is an English singer-songwriter. ... The Modern Jazz Quartet was established in 1952 by Milt Jackson (vibraphone), John Lewis (piano, musical director), Percy Heath (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums). ...


Today

The group is now based in London, England. The Swingle Singers are an a cappella group that sometimes uses accompaniment by bass and drums. They produce complicated, technically impressive covers ranging from modern classics (The Beatles) to classical music (Tchaikovsky, Beethoven) to opera (Rossini). Their arrangements are often informed by jazz harmonies and stylings. Other influences included Nat King Cole, various smooth singers and pianists. London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... Classical music is a term with three distinct meanings: The European tradition of music which is associated with high culture, as distinct from popular or folk forms (including works in this tradition in non-European countries). ... Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильич Чайкoвский, Pëtr Il’ič ÄŒajkovskij;  )[1] (7 May [O.S. 25 April] 1840 – 6 November [O.S. 25 October] 1893), was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. ... 1820 portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler Beethoven redirects here. ... Portrait Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868)[1] was an Italian musical composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. ... Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ...


The Swingle Singers are also active in classical music. A hit for them was Bach's Air on the G String, recorded with the Modern Jazz Quartet. Luciano Berio wrote his postmodern symphony Sinfonia for eight voices and orchestra with them in mind. They also recorded Ben Johnston's Ci-Git Satie and Visions and Spels. In 2005, their recording of Bach's Prelude in F Minor was incorporated into the hit single They, by Jem Griffiths; the same piece was also used in the 2006 film The Gigolos. In the same year, their recording of Bach's Fugue in G Minor (BWV 578) featured in the film Thank You for Smoking. Places in which Bach resided throughout his life Johann Sebastian Bach (pronounced ) (21 March 1685 O.S. – 28 July 1750 N.S.) was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought... The Air on the G String is an adaptation of Johann Sebastian Bachs famous Air. ... The Modern Jazz Quartet was established in 1952 by Milt Jackson (vibraphone), John Lewis (piano, musical director), Percy Heath (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums). ... Luciano Berio (October 24, 1925 – May 27, 2003) was an Italian composer. ... Ben Johnston Benjamin Burwell Johnston, Junior (born March 15, 1926 in Macon, Georgia) is a composer of contemporary music in the just intonation system. ... Title-page of Das wohtemperierte Klavier A flat major (As-dur) fugue from the second part of Das wohtemperierte Klavier (manuscript) The Well-Tempered Clavier (Das wohltemperierte Klavier in German -- Klavier means piano, but the English word clavier (which means keyboard) looks more like the German title) consists of two... They is the second single released by Jem from her debut album Finally Woken. ... Jemma Griffiths (born June 18, 1975 in Penarth, nr. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... The Gigolos is a new British film by director Richard Bracewell that was first shown in competition at the American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI FEST) in November 2005, and has been subsequently screened at film festivals in Perth, Durango and Cambridge, England. ... There are over 1000 known compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. ... Thank You for Smoking is a 2006, Golden Globe nominated film satire directed by Jason Reitman and produced by David O. Sacks. ...


The group currently comprises four women and four men. They began a world tour in December, 2006.


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