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Classical Sprouts: Blue Tango

Last week we explored the 2015 musical "An American in Paris," and this week, we're learning about another piece that combines American and French elements: Blue Tango.

Leroy Anderson, an American composer famous for cheerful pieces like "Sleigh Ride," wrote Blue Tango in 1951.

It topped the Billboard charts for the entirety of 1952!

Originally, the piece was instrumental, but French actress and singer Line Renaud decided she wanted to perform Blue Tango, too, so she sang a version with French lyrics.

Listen to the episode to hear both versions!

Line Renaud was also known for her "Scopitone" films, which were some of the earliest music videos. Check them out!

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Classical Sprouts is produced by Emily Duncan Wilson. Kacie Brown is the digital content manager.

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.
Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager and is the producer of "Classical Sprouts" and "Kids Commute".