Tag Archives: Edith Piaf

À la folie

Les Francofolies, the annual music and performance festival, is coming to New York with a tribute to Édith Piaf at the Beacon Theater on September 19. Two more shows will take place at “The Standard” hotel in the East Village … Continue reading

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Une victoire par K-O

French boxer Marcellin “Marcel” Cerdan was born on July 22, 1916 in Algeria when it was a French colony. His professional career began in Morocco with a victory that started a streak of 47 consecutive wins that lasted for over four … Continue reading

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C’est la voix du sang qui parle

French-Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, and diplomat Charles Aznavour was born on May 22, 1924. He was born in Paris to Armenian and Turkish parents and his real name is Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian. His father owned an Armenian restaurant and club … Continue reading

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Non, je ne regrette rien

French singer and national icon Édith Piaf was born on December 19, 1915 in Belleville, one of the roughest parts of Paris. Her real name was Édith Giovanna Gassion, but she was more commonly known as La Môme Piaf, or … Continue reading

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Le seul honneur pour un artiste, c’est de n’en pas avoir

Léo Ferré, one of the greatest French language wordsmiths of the 20th century was born on August 24, 1916 in Monaco. One of his most haunting songs is Avec le temps, first recorded in 1970, shown here with the original … Continue reading

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Voir la vie en rose

French actress, singer, and former model Emmanuelle Seigner was born on June 22, 1966. She started modeling at age 14 and capitalized on her appearance when she made the switch to films. She was in one of my favorite movies … Continue reading

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Si ça vous chante

On January 26, 2011, French chanteuse Mireille Mathieu was made an Officer of the Legion d’Honneur. In a career spanning four decades, she has recorded 1,200 songs and sold 120 million albums. She was the oldest of fourteen children, born to … Continue reading

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