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Lyrics:Johnny Mercer
Music:Henry Mancini

The song was publishe 1963.

Stanley Donen had heard and been charmed by the "Baby Elephant Walk",
so he decided to phone Mancini from London to tell him about
his current picture.
Donen had been directing famous musical films throughout the 1950s
and he now intended to put his own slant on a Hitchcock-like thriller
and he wanted a strong melody in the background score.

As Henry Mancini became a friend of Audrey Hepburn in
Breakfast at Tiffany's, he composed the song for Charade thinking
of her as he said: "Our next film together was 'Charade' in 1963.
Stanley Donen directed Peter Stone's screenplay.
There is a scene in the movie where Audrey returns
from a happy winter holiday to her Paris flat to find it stripped
of everything of value.
Bare floors and the walls are all that remain.
Her loutish husband had absconded with all of her worldly goods.
She enters the dimly-lit apartment with her suitcase and surveys the scene.
Her feelings are of sadness, loneliness and vulnerability.
To me, it translated into a sad little Parisian waltz.
With that image of Audrey in my mind, I went to the piano
and within less than an hour 'Charade' was written.
I played it for Audrey and Stanley.
Both felt it was just right for the movie.
Johnny Mercer added his poetry,
and the song was nominated for an Oscar that year".


When we played our charade
We were like children posing
Playing at games, acting out names
Guessing the parts we played

Oh what a hit we made
We came on next to closing
Best on the bill, lovers until
Love left the masquerade

Fate seemed to pull the strings
I turned and you were gone
While from the darkened wings
The music box played on

Sad little serenade
Song of my heart's composing
I hear it still, I always will
Best on the bill, Charade

Andy Williams(Charade)
Andy Williams

Johnny Hartman(Charade)
Johnny Hartman

Helen Merrill(Charade)
Helen Merrill

Blossom Dearie(Charade)
Blossom Dearie

Sarah Vaughan(Charade)
Sarah Vaughan

Andy Williams

Johnny Hartman

Blossom Dearie

Sarah Vaughan

Rita Graham with Harry James

Steve Smith - Keyboards
Francis Vanek - Sax
Joani Rose - Vocals
Baron Wolfe - Bass
Michael Curran - Drums

Julie London

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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