From , here's a singer that I'm fond of, Nancy Wilson:. Another one of my favorites, Nat King Cole gave us a great version:. Barbra Streisand covered the song spectacularly in I could go on and on, from Frank Sinatra to Marlene Dietrich and from Chet Baker to Rod Stewart, but let's just play one more version: talented Rachael Yamagata covered the song in Back to Trenet and La Romance de Paris was another big hit.
This version by Zaz featuring Thomas Dutronc came out in He himself recorded it later:. WWII ended and France was liberated. La Mer came to be. We've heard a number of versions yesterday - here's one that we haven't: Jazzwoman Dee Dee Bridgewater's from After the end of the war, he moved to the United States.
Legend has it he was detained in Ellis Island for 26 days because he was gay. It was during his convalescence at home that he developed his artistic talents, taking up music, painting and sculpting. In , Trenet moved to Perpignan, this time as a day pupil. His poetry is said to have the painter's eye for detail and colour. Many of his songs had references to his surroundings such as places near Narbonne, the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast. When Trenet first arrived in Paris in the s, he worked in a movie studio as a props handler and assistant, and later joined up with the artists in the Montparnasse neighbourhood.
His admiration of the surrealist poet and Catholic mystic Max Jacob — and his love of jazz were two factors that influenced Trenet's songs. He was just 19 when his songs were first recorded. Two years younger than Trenet, Hess came from Switzerland and had studied with Horowitz, but soon turned towards jazz, influenced by the music of Arthur Briggs and Django Reinhardt.
The two became co-authors of a series of songs which they performed in cabaret as Charles et Johnny; at first, Trenet wrote the words and Hess the music, but later in his career, Trenet was sole author of all his material. Later in they had a hit with Le Duel:. The duo continued until when Trenet was called up for national service. It was after his national service that Trenet received the nickname that he would retain all his life: "Le Fou chantant" The Singing Madman.
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From Times Staff and Wire Reports.Charles Trenet naît en à Narbonne, quatre ans après son frère Antoine (), dans la maison de ses parents, Lucien Trenet () et Marie-Louise Caussat (), au 2 rue Anatole-France (à l'époque) – maison devenue aujourd'hui le musée Charles Trenet, au 13, avenue Charles-Trenet.Décès: 19 février (à 87 ans), Créteil France.