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Archive for the ‘French songs to sing along’ Category

1979, Francis Cabrel – “Je l’aime à mourir” (with an exercise)

Francis Cabrel (1953-) is a popular French singer-songwriter and guitarist. Since the late 1970s, he has released a number of albums  falling mostly within the realm of folk, with occasional forays into blues or country. Several of his songs, such as “L’encre de tes yeux” and “Petite Marie” have become enduring favourites in French music. […]

1978, Claude Nougaro – “Tu verras” (with an exercise)

Claude Nougaro (1929-2004) was a French songwriter, singer, poet and painter.  He was widely regarded as the singer who fused the traditions of the French chanson with the energy and verve of American jazz. Nougaro made his first recordings in 1958, although the vogue was to sing in pure French, he performed with a pronounced […]

1976, Claude François – “Cette année-là” (with an exercise)

Claude François (1939–1978), usually nicknamed Cloclo, was a French pop singer, songwriter and dancer. He notably wrote and composed “Comme d’habitude“, the original version of “My Way” and “Parce que je t’aime mon enfant“, the original version of “My Boy.” He sold some 70 million records during his career (and after his death) and was […]

1968, Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot – “Bonnie and Clyde” (with an exercise)

Serge Gainsbourg (1928-1991) was a French singer, songwriter, poet, composer, artist, actor and director. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French popular music, he was renowned for his often provocative and scandalous releases, as well as his diverse artistic output, which embodied genres ranging from jazz, chanson, pop and yé-yé, to reggae, […]

1967, Jean-Claude Brialy & Anna Karina – “Ne dis rien” (with an exercise)

“Ne dis rien” is one of the song appearing in Anna (1967) a French musical-comedy film, directed by Pierre Koralnik and starring Anna Karina, Jean Claude Brialy and  Serge Gainsbourg. All the songs of this musical were written and composed by Serge Gainsbourg. Serge Gainsbourg (1928-1991) was a French singer, songwriter, poet, composer, artist, actor and director. Regarded as one of the […]

1966, Czesław Niemen – “Si tu viens dans mon pays”

Czesław Niemen (1939 –2004) real name Czesław Juliusz Wydrzycki, was one of the most important and original Polish singer-songwriters and rock balladeers of the last quarter-century, singing mainly in Polish, but also in French. Here is a lovely ballade ‘Si tu viens dans mon pays’, which is a French version of one of his hit: […]

1961, Les Chaussettes Noires – “Daniela”

Les Chaussettes Noires (The Black Socks) were a French rock and roll band founded in 1960, that was among the pioneer of rock music in France, together with Les Chats sauvages. It was originally composed of Claude Moine, aka Eddy Mitchell (vocals), William Benaïm (guitar solo), Tony D’Arpa (rhythm guitar), Aldo Martinez (bass guitar), and […]

1951, Edith Piaf – “Padam, Padam”

“Padam… Padam” (1951), interpreted by the world-famous singer Edith Piaf (1915-1963), is a song about a song that’s stuck in your head which, indeed, gets stuck in your head every time you listen to it! Some people say “Padam” is the heartbeat of your lover, others say it’s the buzz of the city of Paris […]