Song of the Day: Mantovani, “Amapola”

Anglo-Italian composer, orchestra leader, and arranger Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (best known as just Mantovani) was born on this day im 1905. The book British Hit Singles And Albums tells us that he was the UK’s most successful album act before The Beatles, selling over 1 million albums worldwide and having 6 albums simultaneously in the Billboard Top 30 in 1959. "Amapola" is from his album Legacy Of Love.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Mantovani, “Amapola”

  1. I love this piece and Montovani as well as Percy Faith. I always loved the way the violins sound is n their recordings. My parents enjoyed this so it brings back such fond memories when I was a kid colouring at the table while my dad read and my mom was in the kitchen preparing dinner. Gosh, sounds so 50s doesn’t it?


  2. I remember the song, but now I mostly associate the name “Amapola” with a local supermarket chain that caters to the Hispanic community.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  3. Hi John – it’s soft music isn’t it … I enjoy it on occasions and today is one of those – thank you … cheers Hilary


  4. I could never figure out the appeal of Mantovani when I was a kid and he in his prime (but I was a particularly closed-minded junior music lover — couldn’t appreciate Elvis or Chuck Berry either). Listening to this now, … I’m still not fully convinced. “Amapola” is Spanish for opium. My mother seemed to recognize this song instantly in Sergio Leone’s protracted epic Once upon a time in America on TV once in her last years,

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    1. Mantovani was “beautiful music,” like Percy Faith and 101 Strings. My mom loved it and I guess by osmosis I grew not to hate it so much. I put it on occasionally when I’m missing her.

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      1. I guess the flip side of my limited taste as a kid is that it was for (mainly 19th century at the time) classical music, so I knew real “beautiful music” and could tell the difference….yeah, I remember Percy Faith…My mother listened to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett on AM radio (WNEW 1130 NY, William B Williams), and I didn’t think much of them either, but (unlike Mantovani) I subsequently came to appreciate the greatness of their respective (and very similar) arts.

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