Edith Piaf

Posted: May 1, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Arguably the greatest French singer ever, La Môme Piaf certainly brought an unmistakable tone to any song she sang.
Despite numerous published biographies, much of Piaf’s life is shrouded in mystery. She was born Édith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris, the high-immigration district later described by Daniel Pennac. Legend has it that she was born on the pavement of Rue de Belleville 72, but her birth certificate states she was born at Hôpital Tenon, the hospital for the 20th arrondissement of which Belleville is part. She was named Édith after the World War I British nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping French soldiers escape from German captivity. Piaf—a Francilien colloquialism for “sparrow”—originated as a nickname she would receive 20 years later. [Wikipedia]

Here are two of my favorite songs.

La Vie en Rose

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