La Vie En Rose

French President Emmanuel Macron is in New Orleans today, so I thought some French music was in order. What’s more French than Edith Piaf? La Vie En Rose was her signature song and an anthem for a generation. Hokey but true.

We have some authorship murkiness here: 

Edith Piaf originally wrote this song as “Les choses en rose” but couldn’t publish it under her name at the time so she asked her friend Louiguy (Luis Guglielmi) to publish it. Some sources thus claim he didn’t write the music, but that he got the credit for publishing it.

The reason she might have been unable to publish under her own name were accusations that she was a collaborator. That too is in dispute. I lean to the NON side as did the biopic, La Vie En Rose to the best of my recollection. I am, however, not an expert on that subject. Please don’t shave my head in retribution if I’m wrong. Merci.

We begin with the Gallic songbird herself:

Louis Armstrong thought La Vie En Rose was one of the finest songs of his era. He does it justice here:

Who knew that Dino had recorded an album of French songs? Dig the beret and cigarette holder.

A more recent recording of the Piaf classic by the divine Diana Krall and NOLA transplant Toots Thielemans.

Here’s the oddball version: Disco diva Grace Jones sings Piaf. Mais oui.

What’s a Friday Cocktail Hour without jazz instrumental versions of the week’s tune? This time, Coleman Hawkins followed by Wynton Marsalis.

That’s it for this week. Let’s toast Franco-American friendship with some Bordeaux. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.