Pianist and composer, born 27th September 1940 in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mike Nock’s career has spanned a broad range of contemporary musical styles and he is widely recognised as an important voice in Australian modern music.
Based in Sydney since 1986, he previously spent 25 years in the USA, working with many of the world’s top jazz artists.
His compositions include orchestral music, woodwind / percussion ensembles, electronic / choral works etc., and have been recorded and performed by a range of jazz & non-jazz performers.
“Nock’s ringing iconoclasm pervades all his music, taps a deep well of melody that transcends jazz and informs and ignites his every encounter.”
— Fred Bouchard, Downbeat (USA)
'Charmaine' is a popular song written in 1926 by Ernö Rapée and Lew Pollack. Published in 1927, Desmond Carrington on his BBC Radio 2 mentioned the song as being written in 1913.
Originally composed for the 1926 silent movie 'What Price Glory?', and most notably, the best-selling version recorded by Guy Lombardo's orchestra, spent seven weeks at the #1 position in 1927. It was also featured in the movie 'Two Girls and a Sailor', recorded by Harry James in 1944.
An instrumental version arranged by Ronald Binge and performed by Mantovani was his first hit on the United States charts in 1951. This recording was released by London Records as catalog number 1020. It first reached the Billboard charts on November 9, 1951 and lasted 19 weeks, peaking at #10.
Decca Classics released this song as catalog number 27859. Recorded by Gordon Jenkins' orchestra with vocals by Bob Carroll (singer/actor), also charted in 1951 and reached the Billboard magazine charts on December 7, 1951, lasting one week on the chart at #26.
Bachelors version reached #5 in United Kingdom's charts in 1963.
A 1952 arrangement of the song by Billy May reached #17 on the Billboard charts and the single was his biggest hit under his own name.
'Charmaine' is one of many popular songs whose lyrics use a 'Bluebird of Happiness' as a symbol of cheer:
"I wonder, when bluebirds are mating, will you come back again?"