Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Little French Cabaret...with your Sunday Times.

considered France's National Chanteuse back in her day.
She began as a street acrobat/singer with her father,
"Piaf" (which means Sparrow) was appropriately given to her
as a stage name by club owner Louis Leplee (Edith was only 4' 8" tall).
Once she attained fame, she helped launch the singing careers of
Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour.
We'll hear "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien".

...and with Yves.
Yves (born Ivo Livi in Italy) spent his early years in Marseille.
He was "discovered" when Piaf heard him in his music hall act,
and quickly made him part of HER act.
Yves went on to become an internationally known actor
(complete with infamous affairs!).

Armenian by birth...and a professional dancer
who turned singer under Edith's tutelage and influence.
Called the "Frank Sinatra of France,"
Charles now lives in Switzerland, and serves as
Ambassador of Armenia age 91!
We'll hear "Et Pourtant" and "Hier Encore",
both of which he wrote.

Lucienne Boyer...
called a French "diseuse" which means "teller".
A concert in 1927 in Paris
brought her to the attention of Broadway's Lee Shubert,
and soon Lucienne was singing
"Parlez Moi D'Amour" (her signature song)
on the Great White Way.

...and Frehel.
The stage name of Marguerite Boulc 'h,
another French street singer,
who later performed in nightclubs and music halls.
She warred with alchohol and drug additions most of her life,
but her 1930's comeback brought her French film roles
and more recordings. 
We'll hear "Si Tu N'Etais Pas Las"
(If You Weren't Here).

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