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"'Fascination'" is a popular waltz song with music (1904) by Fermo Dante Marchetti and lyrics (1905) by Maurice de Fraudy.[http://data.bnf.fr/14732105/fermo_dante_marchetti_fascination/ Bibliothque nationale de France page for Fascination] accessed 20 December 2017.[http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb43132227r Notice bibliographique Fascination... [Musique imprime] : valse chante Bibliothque nationale de France] accessed 21 December 2017.
It was first published in Hamburg (Anton J. Benjamin) and Paris (dition F. D. Marchetti) in 1904 in a version for piano solo ('Valse Tzigane'). As a song with de Fraudy's words, it was first performed by the French music-hall singer Paulette Darty, in 1905, and published the same year.[http://www.dutempsdescerisesauxfeuillesmortes.net/fiches_bio/darty_paulette/darty_paulette.htm Paul Dub & Jacques Marchioro: Du temps des cerises aux feuilles mortes, website, Paulette Darty page] accessed 20 December 2017.
With its English lyrics, by Dick Manning, "Fascination" was recorded by diverse artists including: Dick Jacobs, Nat King Cole and David Carroll, all of whose versions made the charts.
In 1957, two of the more popular recordings of "Fascination" were released, Dinah Shore went to number 15 on the Billboard Most Played By Jockeys chart, while a recording by Jane Morgan was released by Kapp Records as catalog number 191, which proved to become her signature song. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on 9 September 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at number 7; on the Best Seller chart, at number 12; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached number 11. Brazilian singer Elis Regina, for CBD Phonogram / Philips (19701980).
The original French words
Et tu n'as rien fait pour chercher me plaire
Je t'aime pourtant
D'un amour ardent
Dont rien, je le sens, ne pourra me dfaire.
Tu seras toujours mon amant
Et je crois en toi comme au bonheur suprme.
Je te fuis parfois, mais je reviens quand mme
C'est plus fort que moi je t'aime !
Lorsque je souffre, il me faut tes yeux
Profonds et joyeux
Afin que j'y meure,
Et j'ai besoin pour revivre, amour,
De t'avoir un jour
Moins qu'un jour, une heure,
De me bercer un peu dans tes bras
Quand mon cur est las,
Quand parfois je pleure.
Ah ! crois-le bien, mon chri, mon aim, mon roi,
Je n'ai de bonheur qu'avec toi.
Song in other media
*'La dame de chez Maxim's' (1933 Alexander Korda film), sung by Florelle (Odette Rousseau) as La Mme Crevette
*In the 1933 film 'The House on 56th Street', starring Kay Francis.
*On the soundtrack of the 1946 film, 'The Diary of a Chambermaid', starring Paulette Goddard.
*The theme was used prominently in the 1949 film 'Gigi' directed by Jacqueline Audry.
*It was also popularized in the 1955 movie 'The Grand Maneuver' by Ren Clair.
*Its popularity increased when used in the 1957 movie 'Love in the Afternoon' directed by Billy Wilder.
*It has been featured on 'General Hospital' numerous times, usually during Luke and Laura scenes.
*A faster-tempo version of this song featured in the first two 'Karate Kid' films. Once during the scene at the country club, where Ali and Johnny are dancing together, the second occasion in Part II, when Daniel and Miyagi are in the car with Chozen, and Chozen dials the radio to a station that plays this same song. In 'The Next Karate Kid', Miyagi teaches Julie to dance to a vocal version of the song.
*An instrumental version of the song is heard in the episode "Elegy" of 'The Twilight Zone'.
*'Fascination' was heard in Disney's 'Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo' (1977), in the scene where Herbie plays it on his radio, to the Lancia Scorpion later named "Giselle".
*"Fascination" was sung in the 2007 French film 'La Vie en rose' (La Mme), by Maya Barsony, and is featured on the soundtrack.
*The first episode of the HBO series 'Boardwalk Empire' featured an instrumental version of "Fascination".
* Frequently throughout the soundtrack of the 1942 film 'Le Mariage de Chiffon', directed by Claude Autant-Lara.
* The Nat King Cole version was featured in the 2006 film 'Take The Lead'.
* A Spanish-language recording by Trio Los Panchos was heard in the 2019, Las Estrellas series Silvia Pinal, frente a ti.
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