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
101 The Very Best Of 16 Audio 1988 Балкантон
102 Grandes Vozes: Colecção 79 Audio 2010 Companhia Nacional De Música
103 Grandes Vozes: Colecção 14 Audio 2010-03-00 Companhia Nacional De Música
104 Edith Piaf 12 Audio RCA Camden
105 Milord 2 Audio 1959 La Voz De Su Amo
106 Mon Manège A Moi 2 Audio Columbia
107 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien 2 Audio 1961 Columbia
108 Grand Collection 19 Audio 2001 Квадро-Диск
109 L'Intégrale "Accordéon" 438 Audio 2003 EMI Music France
110 The Best Of Edith Piaf 12 Audio Capitol Records
111 Onvergetelijke Successen - Deel 2 16 Audio 1983 Pathé Marconi EMI
112 Ses Plus Grands Succès 16 Audio 1994 EMI France
113 La Foule / Comme Moi / Salle D'Attente 3 Audio 1958 La Voz De Su Amo
114 Padam Padam ... 4 Audio 1958
115 Ouragan • Opinion Publique • Le Vieux Piano 3 Audio 1960-11-00 Columbia
116 Recuerdo A Edith Piaf 4 Audio 1966
117 Exodus / Marie Trottoir / Dans Leur Baiser 3 Audio 1961 La Voz De Su Amo
118 Mon Manège A Moi 4 Audio 1959 La Voz De Su Amo
119 Piaf! 12 Audio 1980 Capitol Records
120 The Legendary Edith Piaf 20 Audio 1989
121 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien 4 Audio 1961 Columbia
122 Himno Al Amor (Hymne À L'Amour) 4 Audio 1960 La Voz De Su Amo
123 Mon Dieu! 3 Audio 1961 La Voz De Su Amo
124 Le Disque D'Or D'Edith Piaf 14 Audio 1978 Pathé Marconi EMI
125 Les Titres D'Or D'Edith Piaf Volume: 1 11 Audio 1969 Pathé
126 Les Amants D'Un Jour 4 Audio 1961 La Voz De Su Amo
127 Chante 10 Audio Dominion
128 Les Plus Grands Succès 12 Audio 1963
129 Edith Piaf 8 Audio 1980
130 The Great Edith Piaf 10 Audio
131 Nostalgie 18 Audio 1999 Hallmark Records
132 The Best Of Edith Piaf 12 Audio 1981
133 Edith Piaf Vol. 1 12 Audio 1970 Columbia
134 C'Est L'Amour 15 Audio 1974 Music For Pleasure
135 En Public (Olympia 1955 1956 1958 1961 1962) 37 Audio Columbia
136 Soudain Une Vallée 4 Audio 1956 Columbia
137 Ses Plus Belles Chansons 16 Audio 1994 EMI Music France
138 Portrait Of Piaf 16 Audio
139 Songs of a Sparrow 45 Audio 2000-11-20 Recall Records
140 Disque D'Or - Compilation Impact 12 Audio Impact (2)
141 Edith Piaf 20 Audio EMI
142 I Successi Di Edith Piaff 12 Audio 1961-07-00 Columbia
143 Eine Legende 16 Audio 1983 EMI
144 The Hit Collection 16 Audio 1995 Scana
145 Edith Piaf 10 Audio 1963 Decca Eclipse
146 La Vie En Rose 44 Titres Origineaux 44 Audio 2007 Not Now Music
147 Hommage À Piaf 12 Audio 1959 Columbia
148 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien 3 Audio Emi
149 The Wonderful World Of Edith Piaf - 23 Grands Succes 23 Audio 1988 Yesterdays Gold
150 Edith Piaf - 30e Anniversaire 44 Audio 1993 EMI (France)

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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