Happy 90th birthday to the French singer Juliette Gréco!
To celebrate, here are five of her best-known songs that are definitely worth a listen:
1. Sous le ciel de Paris
Written by Jean Dréjac for the 1950 film of the same name, the song was covered by Juliette Gréco for her third album in 1951. Gréco’s recording is one of the best-known versions of the song, especially after having been on the soundtrack of the British film An Education starring Carey Mulligan.
2. Jolie môme
Gréco covered this song (which can be loosely translated as ‘pretty girl’) by the singer-songwriter Léo Ferré in the mid-Sixties, and has made it a key part of her repertoire ever since.
3. Paris canaille
Again originally by Léo Ferré, this song (translated as ‘mischievous Paris’ or ‘cheeky Paris’) uses old-fashioned French slang to reveal the secrets of the City of Light.
4. La Javanaise
Written by Serge Gainsbourg for Gréco in summer 1962, whilst they were listening to records and drinking champagne together in her Paris apartment, this has become one of Gréco’s (and Gainsbourg’s) best-loved songs.
5. La marche nuptiale
The stripped-down musical arrangement in Gréco’s version lets her voice come through, whilst the way that she sings the song gives it a beautiful poignancy.
Hope you enjoyed reading this!
What about you? What are your favourite French songs and singers? 🙂