The Mantovani Orchestra
1970 to 2000
Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (November 15, 1905 - March 29, 1980) was a popular conductor and entertainer in the "easy listening" style. Mantovani is probably more associated with the easy listening genre than any other person. He was born in Venice, Italy and his father was the concertmaster of the La Scala orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. His family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College of Music in London. After graduation, he formed his own orchestra, which played in and around Birmingham.