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Mireille Mathieu

Here is a beautiful song (Le funambule - "The Tightrope Walker") by one of France's most successful singers, the lovely Mireille Mathieu.
Mireille Mathieu (born in 1946) is a French singer who, besides being very successful in her own country, became a star of international stature, recording in several languages. She was born in Avignon, in Southern France, the oldest daughter of a poor family of fourteen children. She began singing as a small child, appearing in public at the age of four, singing in her church. As a young girl she worked in a factory, where she saved her money to pay for singing lessons. Discovered by Johnny Stark, France's greatest manager at the time, she made her debut at the Paris Olympia in 1965 and was immediately hailed as the next Édith Piaf. She became soon a huge star in France and all over Europe as well as in North America and Mexico. Her French cover of Engelbert Humperdinck's "The Last Waltz" generated much publicity in Great Britain and with hit after hit, she soon toured Canada and the United States where she appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Danny Kaye Show. In Las Vegas, she sang with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra to great applause. Still much in demand, she continues to perform regularly. She travels frequently, appearing at such venues as New York City's Carnegie Hall, Sport Palace in Montreal, Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and Ice Palace of St. Petersburg. She has sold about 150 million copies of her albums in her 40 year career, recorded about 1200 songs in 9 languages, and was the first western singer in history who gave concerts in China. Over the years she sang duets with such luminaries as Charles Aznavour, Paul Anka, Tom Jones and many others. In 1993, she released an album devoted to her all-time idol, Édith Piaf. In 1996, she performed in Los Angeles, where she triumphed with her vibrant tribute to another of her idols, Judy Garland. Mathieu celebrated the 40th anniversary of her career at the Paris Olympia, in November 2005, after releasing her 38th French album.
Enjoy Mireille's great and vibrant voice!

Another great song:
Viens dans ma rue

Two other great standards ("The look of love" and "I gotta be me") performed in French:
Les yeux de l’amour / Je chante pour toi

Another great standard by the lovely Mireille: My man


Odette said...

this is great , miss france very much , and today i come by this , by surprise , i'm french by birth , cannot really go to visit anymore , by myself , kind hard at mt age , so this is great i will be able to see ,and listen to the songs i have heard , as a child , will have to tell my beatifull daughter about this , merci et au revoir . odette .

Odette said...

i have left a commemt , but i do think you are disregard , but i di love to hear those old french songs , speciallememt edith piaf , , when a child in france , one singer , whom use to make me cry was berthe silva , she was a great dinger , after the war , i never heard her agin , i was then a teenager , anyway just love the french singing , au revoir et a bientot . odette .

Anonymous said...

Mireille Mathieu is a great and special voice. Yesterday she finished in Münich her deutschland Tour 2008 with a reallygreat succes!
Rosa Maria desde barcelona

misolikey said...

this is such a beautiful song!

A New Buddhist in Town said...

I think that Mireille is the one I listened to on radio when I was small. At that time, China just opened up to the Western world. It was rather rare for Chinese radio stations to broadcast foreign songs at that time. There was a program then that introduced Western songs and singers to Chinese audience. The program lasted half an hour everyday. Then one day the program played songs by a female French singer. Her voice was so energetic and penetrating. I remember that the singer was very famous and she received the honor of modeling for a statue of Joan of Arc. It was so many years ago that I can't remember the singer's name any more. But today when I played the video, I thought that I recognized the voice. It must be Mireille Mathieu, one of my favorite singers when I was a teenager!