The Manhattan Transfer returned to the recording studio, and in 1976 released the Coming Out album (Atlantic SD-18183). Produced by Richard Perry (who previously managed and produced Janis Siegel's former group The Young Generation), Coming Out mixed more contemporary songs with the classic material that had been the Transfer's bread and butter, ranging from Todd Rundgren's pen ("It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference") to Ringo Starr's drums and Dr. John's piano ("Zindy Lou").
Coming Out sold millions of copies in Europe, where a single from the album, "Chanson D'Amour," hit #1 in France and in England, a chart-topper on both sides of the English Channel. On the strength of "Chanson D'Amour," the Manhattan Transfer toured Europe again, including a show at the MIDEM music business convention in Cannes. In a 1977 interview, Alan Paul remembered how that song was chosen and recorded. "The song was written in 1957. We'd been recording all day and we hadn't gotten that far. Just as we were about to leave, Laurel shouted, 'Hey wait a minute, I've got an idea.' She used an Edith Piaf sound in her voice and we recorded it in one take. She wanted to get a romantic French feel behind it."

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