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Blossoms will run away -
Cakes reign but a Day.
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Is pink eternally
(Emily Dickinson)


Here is a famous French song performed in French and English by the great singer and actress Patachou.
Patachou, born Henriette Ragon in 1918 in Paris, had several jobs before managing, in 1948, a cabaret-restaurant in Montmartre, where she began singing, at first for her own pleasure. She was nicknamed "(Lady) Patachou" (from "pâte à choux", "cream puff pastry", the restaurant having been at first a cake shop). Her raucous and original voice seduced Maurice Chevalier, who encouraged her. The singer Georges Brassens made his debut in her cabaret. She was herself the first to sing Brassens' songs. Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour sang there too and Edith Piaf made her last appearance in Patachou's cabaret. Celebrity quickly followed and she appeared at the ABC, at Bobino, then toured in France and in the whole world: in 1953, at the London Palladium, at the Waldorf Astoria and Carnegie Hall in New York. The Americans nicknamed her "Sunshine girl". She spent more than twenty years in the USA (being more than twenty times the guest of the Ed Sullivan Show, a record for a French artist), not forgetting the Middle East, Hong Kong... In the early 170's, she toured in Japan, Sweden. In the early 1950's, she was already a famous actress, playing namely with Jean Renoir (in "French Cancan", 1955) and Sacha Guitry. Since then, she has constantly been appearing on screen and on TV too. Patachou is one of the few real icons of the great post-war French song, with a repertoire ranging from the realistic songs to the great international standards.
Enjoy Patachou's vibrant voice, with her typically Parisian accent!

Hymne à l'amour (If you love me, really love me)

And here are other examples of Patachou's great style:

Les innocents

Irma la Douce

La chansonnette


Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Sung only as Patachou could do it!

Anonymous said...

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