The Windmills of Your Mind: Noel Harrison

Noel Harrison died on October 19th. I knew him as the singer of Young Girl, Suzanne and this song, my favorite of his. I also remember him on The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. I didn’t know he was a member of the British ski team, becoming its first giant-slalom champion in 1953, and representing Great Britain at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway and at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Italy.  

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5 Comments on “The Windmills of Your Mind: Noel Harrison”

  1. Hedley Says:

    Some friends of mine were the San Marino bob sled team and were often seen pushing a bobsled on wheels up and down the hill that runs in to Rochester. Noel’s Mum offered him a choice of going to Oxford or Cambridge or heading to Switzerland to instantly join the team – it wasn’t so difficult way back when.

    Noel was the beneficiary of a great name but somehow ended up selling newspapers on the street of LA.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I think I would have joined the team as well-traveling on the country’s dime and meeting people from all over the world would have been wonderful.

      I guess talent trumps a name every time.

      • Hedley Says:

        Remember Kat, way back then they were amateur amateur and received very little from the country that they represented.

        Although it is fair to say that England produced the most famous winter Olympian of all time – Eddie the Eagle.

        Windmills of your mind was a Michel Legrand composition and he was unreasonably fashionable for a period of time – when I hear this song I think Renee Russo.

      • katry Says:

        I had forgotten that. Now the Olympic Committee here is a behemoth, and I guess that’s what I was thinking about.

        I think Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

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