Edith Piaf

Édith Giovanna Gassion

Also known as É. Piaf, Édith Piaf, Édith Piaf, Едит Пиаф, Э. Пиаф, Эдит Пиаф, E. Paif, E. Pîaf, E. Piaf, E. Pior, E.Piaf, E.Piaff, Edit Piaf, Edith Piaff, Εντίθ Πιαφ, la Mome Piaf, Piaf, Piaf, E., Piaff
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Discography of Edith Piaf:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Edith Piaf Vol. 1 - De L'accordéoniste À Milord 12 Audio 1978
2 The Very Best Of Edith Piaf 20 Audio 1977 EMI
3 100 Chansons 104 Audio 1998 Disky
4 Éternelle 18 Audio 2001
5 32 French Chansons 32 Audio 2001 Excellence De Luxe
6 Milord 2 Audio 1959
7 Starportrait 14 Audio EMI Electrola
8 Portrait Of Piaf - 25 Of Her Greatest Hits 25 Audio 1972
9 The Voice Of The Sparrow: The Very Best Of Edith Piaf 18 Audio 1991 Capitol Records
10 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien 4 Audio 1961-04-00 Columbia
11 En Public - Un Refrain Courait Dans La Rue 16 Audio 2000 Versailles
12 Non Je Ne Regrette Rien 2 Audio 1960 Columbia
13 Vol. 5 - Olympia 62 11 Audio Columbia
14 Untitled 12 Audio Music For Pleasure
15 Les Amants De Paris / T'As Pas Profité De Ta Chance 2 Audio 1948 Columbia
16 Edith Piaf 14 Audio 1967 AMIGA
17 Le Disque D'Or De Edith Piaf 14 Audio 1975 EMI Music Belgium
18 La Vie En Rose / Un Refrain Courait Dan La Rue 2 Audio Columbia
19 Die Großen Erfolge - Die Großen Chansons 18 Audio 1992 Electrola
20 La Vie En Rose 4 Audio 1956 Columbia
21 Mon Manège A Moi 4 Audio 1958-12-00 Columbia
22 Non Stop Music 126 Audio 2006 Membran Music Ltd.
23 La Vie En Rose 3 Audio EMI Records Holland B.V.
24 La Vie En Rose 12 Audio 1974 Sounds Superb
25 Mon Legionnaire 18 Audio L.T. Series
26 Le Disque D'Or D'Edith Piaf 14 Audio 1975 Pathé Marconi EMI
27 Disque D'Or - Vol. 1 14 Audio 1980 Columbia
28 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien 3 Audio 1960-12-00 Columbia
29 Milord 2 Audio 1959-11-00 Columbia
30 Boulevard Du Crime 3 Audio 1961-03-00 Columbia
31 Chante Les Airs Du Film "Les Amants De Demain" 4 Audio 1958 Columbia
32 Les Amants D'Un Jour 4 Audio 1956-05-00 Columbia
33 Haar 20 Grootste Successen 20 Audio 1978 Trent Records
34 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien 2 Audio Columbia
35 Le Disque D'Or D'Edith Piaf Vol. 2 14 Audio 1977
36 Édith Piaf 18 Audio 2005 Habana
37 Piaf - 25e Anniversaire 34 Audio 1988 Columbia
38 Exodus / Marie Trottoir / Dans Leur Baiser 3 Audio 1961-04-00 Columbia
39 Milord / Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien 2 Audio Pathé
40 От Мелодии К Мелодии (2 Серия) 6 Audio 1960
41 От Мелодии К Мелодии (2 Серия) 6 Audio 1960
42 Je Me Souviens Edith Piaf 10 Audio 1963 Columbia
43 La Vie En Rose 20 Audio 2003 Disky
44 No Regrets 2 Audio 1963 Columbia
45 The World Of Piaf 16 Audio Columbia
46 Sincerely.....Edith Piaf 12 Audio 1960 Columbia
47 Greatest Hits 17 Audio 1994 Grüezi Schallplatten AG
48 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien 2 Audio Columbia
49 Non Je Ne Regrette Rien 14 Audio 1991 EMI Music (Australia)
50 Ihre Grossen Erfolge 12 Audio

French singer and cultural icon.

Born: 19 December 1915 in Paris, France.

Died: 11 October 1963 in Plascassier, France.

Best known for singing songs "[r=867885]", composed by [a=Louiguy], with lyrics by Piaf, and English lyrics adapted by [a=Mack David]; and "[url=http://www.discogs.com/Edith-Piaf-Non-Je-Ne-Regrette-Rien/master/266272]Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien[/url]" written by [a=Michel Vaucaire], which rather fittingly she sung just two years before the end of her eventful life.

In 1935 Piaf was discovered in the Pigalle area of Paris by nightclub owner Louis Leplée, whose club Le Gerny off the Champs-Élysées was frequented by the upper and lower classes alike. He persuaded her to sing despite her extreme nervousness, which, combined with her height of only 142 centimetres (4 ft 8 in), inspired him to give her the nickname that would stay with her for the rest of her life and serve as her stage name, La Môme Piaf (Parigot translatable as "The Waif Sparrow", "The Little Sparrow", or "Kid Sparrow"). Leplée taught her the basics of stage presence and told her to wear a black dress, later to become her trademark apparel. Leplée ran an intense publicity campaign leading up to her opening night, attracting the presence of many celebrities, including actor Maurice Chevalier. Her nightclub gigs led to her first two records produced that same year, with one of them penned by Marguerite Monnot, a collaborator throughout Piaf's life.

On 6 April 1936, Leplée was murdered and Piaf was questioned and accused as an accessory, but was acquitted. Leplée had been killed by mobsters with previous ties to Piaf. A barrage of negative media attention now threatened her career. To rehabilitate her image, she recruited Raymond Asso, with whom she would become romantically involved. He changed her stage name to "Édith Piaf", barred undesirable acquaintances from seeing her, and commissioned Monnot to write songs that reflected or alluded to Piaf's previous life on the streets.

In 1940, Édith co-starred in Jean Cocteau's successful one-act play Le Bel Indifférent. She began forming friendships with prominent people, including Chevalier and poet Jacques Borgeat. She wrote the lyrics of many of her songs and collaborated with composers on the tunes. In 1944, she discovered Yves Montand in Paris, made him part of her act, and became his mentor and lover. Within a year, he became one of the most famous singers in France, and she broke off their relationship when he had become almost as popular as she was.

During this time she was in great demand and very successful in Paris as France's most popular entertainer. After the war, she became known internationally, touring Europe, the United States, and South America. In Paris, she gave Atahualpa Yupanqui (Héctor Roberto Chavero)—the most important Argentine musician of folklore—the opportunity to share the scene, making his debut in July 1950. She helped launch the career of Charles Aznavour in the early 1950s, taking him on tour with her in France and the United States and recording some of his songs. At first she met with little success with U.S. audiences, who regarded her as downcast. After a glowing review by a prominent New York critic, however, her popularity grew, to the point where she eventually appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show eight times and at Carnegie Hall twice (1956 and 1957).

Édith Piaf's signature song "La vie en rose" was written in 1945 and was voted a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.

Bruno Coquatrix's famous Paris Olympia music hall is where Piaf achieved lasting fame, giving several series of concerts at the hall, the most famous venue in Paris, between January 1955 and October 1962. Excerpts from five of these concerts (1955, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962) were issued on record and CD and have never been out of print. The 1961 concerts were promised by Piaf in an effort to save the venue from bankruptcy and where she debuted her song "Non, je ne regrette rien". In April 1963, Piaf recorded her last song, "L'homme de Berlin".

She was married to [a=Jacques Pills] between 1952 and 1956, and to [a=Théo Sarapo] from 1962 until her death in 1963.

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