EBERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: 'The Moulin Rouge Theme' - Mantovani & His Orchestra

EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘The Moulin Rouge Theme’ – Mantovani & His Orchestra

What was the number one song in the UK on 15th June 1953?

By Steve McSteveface

“The Moulin Rouge Theme” by Mantovani & His Orchestra was Number One on 15th June 1953 and it remained at number one for 1 week.

This was from the original movie version of Moulin Rouge and not the one where Kylie Minogue is a little pixie.

It is a rather nice tune but there’s no words in this version.

If you much prefer to have words with your music then here’s good old Zsa Zsa Gabor adding some lyrics but if you have a fear of big hats and pom pom dresses then don’t watch it and stick with the instrumental.


The music was written by Georges Auric. The original French lyrics were by Jacques Larue, the English words by William Engvick. However, in the film the song is called “It’s April Again”, and there is no mention of the phrase “Where Is Your Heart”.

In Moulin Rouge, the theme song was sung by Muriel Smith, dubbing for Zsa Zsa Gabor who lip-synched to Smith’s singing.

The most popular version of the song was made by Percy Faith’s Orchestra, with a vocal by Felicia Sanders. This version finished as the No. 1 song for 1953, according to Billboard.

In the United Kingdom, the version by Mantovani was the biggest hit, on which recording the plaintive accordion theme was played by Henry Krein. This version also charted in the U.S. In the UK, Mantovani’s version of the track reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.

Andy Williams released a version of the song on his 1964 album, The Academy Award-Winning “Call Me Irresponsible” and Other Hit Songs from the Movies.

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