Here is a French version of the famous song "Summertime", by the great and unjustly forgotten singer John William.
Born Ernest Armand Huss in 1922 in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, of a native mother and an Alsacian colonist, he was taken from his mother when he was only 18 months old, then uprooted at eight years of age. But his great tragedy was to be sent during WWII to a Nazi concentration camp along with other Black men. Finally fate will smile on him when he wins in 1952 the great prize of Deauville with the song "Je suis un Nègre" ("I am a Negro"), that seems specially written for him. Many hits and rewards will follow and the great singer will record many songs, mostly French versions of songs taken from famous American movies ("Gunfight at the O.K. Corral", "The Great Escape", "High Noon", "The Alamo", "Lawrence of Arabia", "Dr. Zhivago" [he has a best-seller in 1966 with "Lara's song"], "The Longest Day"...). From 1969 on he is the first French singer to introduce gospel and Negro spirituals in the churches of France. In 1973, he performs in Belgium, in "Show Boat", giving a great version of the famous song "Old Man River". He has recorded more than 350 hits. He was recently awarded the Légion d'Honneur.
Listen to John's deep voice and enjoy!