Tag Archives: Josephine Baker

La folie douce

The Folies Bergère music hall in Paris staged its first musical review on November 30, 1886. While it’s still in business, its heyday was in the Jazz Age. It was originally planned as an opera house and opened as the … 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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La musique adoucit les mœurs

Josephine Baker (1906 – 1975) was another African American entertainer who became a world-wide sensation. Like Eartha Kitt, she came from the humblest of origins. She didn’t know her father, who was probably white. When she was only eight years … Continue reading

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