1958 – Art and Dotty Todd – Beverly Hills 1137 – “Chanson D’Amour”
Art and Dotty Todd were husband and wife – Dotty being born Doris Dabb in Elizabeth, New Jersey and Arthur William Todd from Baltimore, Maryland. The pair made their way to California establishing a radio show. They were one of those unique acts which landed on the Pop Charts just as rock and roll was well under way – hitting the charts with “Chanson D’Amour” peaking at number 6 – They would never grace the charts again although they rode the song’s success for a fulfilling career.
The Manhattan Transfer did a remake of the song in 1977 and enjoyed a a three week run at number 1 in the U.K. but nothing here in the U.S.
The couple remained together until the end – finally settling in Honolulu where they operated and performed in their own night club. Dotty Todd died on December 12th, 2000 at the age of 87 and Art followed her in death on October 10th, 2007 at the age of 93.
As for myself, I always enjoyed “Chanson D’Amour”…..
From Country Paul: July 20, 2017: “They developed a unique sound which they carried along on many other records, some almost charting and a few breaking through in local markets. They cleaned up the amazing mess that was “Don’t You Worry My Little Pet” by the Teddy Bears and turned it into a bouncy little track that got some airplay in NYC. “Joie de Vivre”also got airplay; it was “Chanson d’Amour” “rewritten sideways.” One of my favorites is the LA pop sound of “Wait for Me” on Dart, very atypical for them (and not a hit, but worth finding). A later, also atypical, record was “The Bodie Tree” on Dot (misspelling Bodhi), a flower-power affair that tried to be “relevant.” Many of their non-hits had a fatal flaw that prevented success. You’ll hear them when you listen, but their vocal sound was always lush and gorgeous. Although they were from the east coast, I always associate them with the LA scene, as their labels – Era, Dore, Dart and Dot (and briefly Decca) were mostly west coast-based. Thanks for remembering them as fondly as I do.”