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
551 Edith Piaf 12 Audio 1986 OPE
552 La Vie En Rose / Édith Piaf Sings In English 10 Audio 1973 Columbia
553 Il Fait Bon T'aimer 2 Audio 1950 Columbia
554 Edith Piaf 52 Audio 2001 Dejavu Retro Gold Collection
555 Edith Piaf Collection Or 10 Audio 1979 Musidisc
556 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien / Les Mots D'Amour 2 Audio Pathé
557 Edition La Chanson - Edith Piaf / Vol. 1 13 Audio 1980
558 Edith Piaf Sings 8 Audio 1950 Columbia
559 Le Documentaire Sur Sa Carriere/Le Best Of Des Concerts 19 Audio 2007 Zylo
560 Demain (Il Fera Jour) / Avant L'Heure 2 Audio 1951 Columbia
561 Les Titres D'or D'Edith Piaf Volume : 2 11 Audio 1970 Pathé
562 Мир Эдит Пиаф - The World Of Edith Piaf 14 Audio Мелодия
563 Edith Piaf 8 Audio Philips
564 Edith Piaf 14 Audio 1964 RCA Victor
565 L'Accordéoniste 17 Audio 2002 Falcon Neue Medien
566 Edith Piaf 16 Audio 1999 Camden
567 Padam... Padam 22 Audio 1993 EMI France
568 Ses Plus Grands Succès 16 Audio 1998 Gala Records (5)
569 Поёт Эдит Пиаф 8 Audio 1968


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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