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Hello Bruce.  There was an rather stately orchestral number, I thought by Hugo Winterhalter, in the 50's called "Gigi," no relation to the movie.  It was fairly popular on the radio in lower Michigan and I last recall hearing it in 1956.  I haven't been able to find anything about it online.  Do you have any knowledge of it?  Thank you for your help.

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It is hard to look that one up, but clearly any recording of a song entitled "Gigi" BEFORE 1958 must be a candidate for being the song you are trying to find. Now in 1953, there was a recording on Decca by Guy Lombardo by that title. That's all I know about it -- Guy Lombardo, Decca 28763, in 1953. But a further search turns up another 1953 recording, by Paul Weston, on Columbia, with the composers listed as Thoreau and Veran. Now we're getting somewhere!

I've found several references to a "Gigi" by Rachele Thoreau and Florence Veran. Besides such orchestras as Lombardo and Weston, it's also been done by Les Baxter. The only vocal versions I found are all by European performers. I can't find evidence that Hugo Winterhalter did it; but I think we've found your song. I hope this helps.

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Bruce R. Gilson

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I am mainly interested in traditional pop music of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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I've searched a lot of data for Wikipedia articles on this kind of music. (check User:BRG contributions to see what I've posted.)

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My educational credentials aren't in the field of music - I have a Ph. D. in chemistry.

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