Raymond Lefèvre (Calais, November 20, 1929 – Seine-Port, June 27, 2008) was a French easy listening orchestra leader, arranger and composer. He is best known for the 1968 theme “Soul Coaxing (Ame Caline)“, which became an international hit. He also wrote soundtracks for movies with Louis de Funès such as La Soupe Aux Choux (1981) or the legendary series Le Gendarme de Saint Tropez.

He started his musical career in 1956 on the Barclay label and recorded his debut album that year. From 1972 until the early 2000s (decade), he undertook several successful tours of Japan. In 1956, he had a great success, “best-seller” in the United States, with the title “The day that the rains” came by Gilbert Bécaud. It was during the “Le Coq d’Or de la Musique” competition, organised by Eddie Barclay and also attended by Paul Mauriat, that he became friends with the latter.

These two conductors worked and composed together for several years. Tireless composer and arranger, he is pianist and flutist with Franck Pourcel, with whom he often collaborates (for example “Schuss” during the 1964 Winter Olympics or “Chariot”, Petula Clark’s great success), and especially with Paul Mauriat for arrangements and conducting.

He is very famous in Japan since 1972, where he obtained gold records, but also in Germany and many other countries. In 1996, the four conductors, Raymond Lefebvre on flute, Paul Mauriat on piano, Franck Pourcel on violin and Francis Lai on accordion, decided to join forces to compose and perform “Quartet for Kobe”, in memory of the victims of the 1995 Kobe earthquake.

Like all the great and renowned French orchestras, such as Franck Pourcel, Paul Mauriat or Caravelli, his discography is very important.

Recordings by Raymond Lefèvre you can hear at Instrumentals Forever:

13 jours en France
5th Symphony (Beethoven)
A quel printemps viendras-tu ma belle
Adagio de la sonate n° 3 en Mi majeur
Adagio de la sonate pathétique de Beethoven
All Of You
Alors je chante (Vivo cantando)
Amigo (Gavilan O Paloma)
Andante maggiore du concerto pour 2 mandolines de Vivaldi
Aria de Bach
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Bye Bye Barbara
C’est extra
Choral d’Orgue (Prelude)
Choral ‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring’
Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer
Concerto Brandebourgeois n° 5 (Allegro)
Concerto en Mi majeur
Concerto n° 4 (Allegro Assai)
Concerto pour une voix
Deux amis pour un amour
Dio come ti amo
Donna con te
Donne ton coeur donne ta vie
Don’t Make Me Over
Ebony And Ivory
Eleanor Rigby
Gavotte (suite n° 3 pour violon)
Get Back
Here Comes The Sun
Here There And Everywhere
Il était une fois dans l’ouest
Il faut si peu de pluie
Ils ont changé ma chanson (What Have They Done To My Song Ma)
Io che non vivo
Jamais je ne pourrai vivre sans toi (Io che non vivo senza te)
Je croyais (Yesrterday)
Je t’aime moi non plus
La bohème
La legende de Magdalena
La nuit
La Passionnata
Lady d’Arbanville
L’aigle noir dédié à Laurence
L’an 2005 (In The Year 2525)
Largo de Haendel
Largo du concerto en Fa mineur
Le clan des Siciliens
Le colline sono in fiore
Les Champs-Elysées
Les étoiles de la route
Let It Be
Liberté mon amour
Moonlight Lady
Mull Of Kintyre
No Vengo Ni Voy
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Oh Happy Day (Merci Seigneur)
Oh Lady Mary
Palmarès des chansons
Penny Lane
Prelude en Mi majeur (Acapella)
Prelude en Mi majeur (suite n° 3 pour violon)
Prelude et Fugue en Do mineur
Que je t’aime
Quiereme Mucho
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
Rêverie (Day Dream)
Scat In The Dark
Sirop typhon (Lily The Pink)
Soul Coaxing
Storie di tutti giorni
Summer On A Solitary Beach
The Fool On The Hill
The Long And Winding Road
To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before
Tokiniwa Haha No Nai Ko No Yo Ni
Un amour dans la ville (entre des millions)
Un jour pour nous (A Time For Us)
Vattene amore
Viens près de moi (Moon Over Naples)
Vivace du concerto en Re mineur pour 2 violons
Volevo Un Gato Nero
Wand’rin’ Star
Wig Wam
Wight Is Wight