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Enchante: The Greatest French Stars 1927-1947
     

Enchante: The Greatest French Stars 1927-1947

 
Here's an index of mid-20th century popular French music, laid out in recordings made between 1926 and 1947. Gaps in the fabric are perhaps inevitable; the absence of Yvette Guilbert, for example, is regrettable. The earliest examples feature sultry Mistinguett (born Jeanne-Marie Bourgeois) whose date of

Overview

Here's an index of mid-20th century popular French music, laid out in recordings made between 1926 and 1947. Gaps in the fabric are perhaps inevitable; the absence of Yvette Guilbert, for example, is regrettable. The earliest examples feature sultry Mistinguett (born Jeanne-Marie Bourgeois) whose date of birth is estimated as early as 1873; her campy boyfriend Maurice Chevalier; and Josephine Baker, an African-American who shed her identity as a vaudeville blackface buffoon to become the hottest stage sensation in all of Europe. Chevalier's open disdain for Baker was apparently fueled by his own Continental blend of ignorant racism and professional resentment as the elegant, lithe, and lovely Baker quickly eclipsed the aging Mistinguett. Two selections by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France sustain the accuracy of this compilation, as the Hot Club's brand of guitar-driven jazz was a mainstay of Parisian entertainment from 1934 until after the Second World War. This compilation is useful for those who wish to brush up on French pop vocalists, as Lucienne Boyer, Yvonne Printemps, Lys Gauty (born Alice Gautier), Suzy Solidor (Suzanne Rocher), Jean Sablon, Maryse Damia, Fréhel (born Marguerite Boulc'h, professionally known as "La Periwinkle') and Tino Rossi (bellowing the dreaded "Vieni, Vieni") demonstrate all the standard aspects of the genre. Charles Trenet's unforgettably giddy masterpiece "Boum!" would resurface years later when it was used as a weird leitmotif in Jaco van Dormael's fascinating film Toto Le Héros (1991). Edith Piaf is roundly remembered here with no less than three tracks, the best of which is the hauntingly beautiful "Les Trois Cloches," performed in the company of Les Compagnons de la Chanson.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625536423
catalogNumber:
5364

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stéphane Grappelli   Track Performer
Django Reinhardt   Track Performer
Quintet of the Hot Club of France   Track Performer
Edith Piaf   Track Performer
Maurice Chevalier   Track Performer
Charles Trénet   Track Performer
Jean Sablon   Track Performer
Tino Rossi   Track Performer
Mistinguett   Track Performer
Lucienne Boyer   Track Performer
Lys Gauty   Track Performer
Yvonne Printemps   Track Performer
Alec Siniavine   Piano
Paul Durand & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Leonard Joy & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Vincent Scotto   Composer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Mark Ranshaw   Artwork
Albert Lasry   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Henri Christiné   Composer
Jean Villard   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bert Reisfeld   Composer
Marc Herrand   Composer
R. S. Lourgay   Composer

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