Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Joie de vivre

Charles Trenet was one of the few in the 1930's writing and singing his own music. So it's true, the French are always one step ahead. Naturally WWII had an impact on Trenet as he was forced to live in barracks when Germany invaded France because he was thought to be a Jew. After the war he moved to America befriending folks like Louis Armstrong and Charlie Chaplin. Even still, he rigorously performed his own music and now he is an immortal legend. Here is his most famous song La Mer (Beyond the Sea as recorded by Bobby Darin several years later) and for the hell of it, his original rendition of Tiger Rag. The Crème de la crème.

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