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Charles Trenet

Charles Trenet was among the last of his kind of singer, a holdover from the era of pre-World War II France and the prime of Maurice Chevalier, as well as singer/composers such as Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré. Originally an art student, Trenet turned to singing in his early twenties, initially in partnership with pianist Johnny Hess in a duo billed as "Charles and Johnny." In his earliest stage persona, Trenet was also known as a musical impressionist, with a special penchant for doing exaggerated impersonations of Chevalier. Ironically, amid the manic antics of the act, he actually suffered from deep stage fright, which he never fully overcame, but later learned to mask. After a year working with Hess, he ended up drafted -- into the French Air Force, no less -- during which time he shaved his head and sported a monocle, two attributes that gave him a bizarre appearance and got him the nickname, for a time, of "The Singing Madman." He resumed his career and civilian status in 1936, amid that brief mid-'30s period of social and economic reform, culminating with the election of the Popular Front government under Leon Blum. By that time, Trenet had outgrown the Chevalier impressions and came to be known for his smooth, light baritone which, coupled with his seemingly relaxed persona, won over audiences in music hall performances. At one of his most famous engagements, in 1938, he was scheduled to sing three songs in what was the opening set of the evening and was called back by the audience and performed a total of 12 songs that night, and the featured performer never went on.

Trenet composed as well as sang and enjoyed his first big hit in 1939 with "Boum" an infectiously bubbly tune that captured the French listening public's attention. After World War II, Trenet's career moved into international circles as his songs started getting picked up in translation, usually with lyrics by Lee Wilson -- his biggest success was "La Mer," a piece that Bobby Darin turned into an English language hit (as "Beyond the Sea"). His other hits included such songs as "Le Soleil a Des Rayons de Pluie," "Il Y Avait Des Abres," "Printemps a Rio," "Bonsoir Jolie Madame," and "Que Reste-Il De Nos Amours" (better known in English as "I Wish You Love").

Trenet's longevity was something of a surprise even to him -- the singer had intended to retire in the 1970s, and had made a farewell tour of France; then he agreed to a request for a farewell concert in Canada and found the reception there so encouraging, that he chose to keep performing and was still working in the 1990s, a period in which at least four CDs of his work were released, including a best-of collection produced by British reissue expert Tony Watts. Over the course of his 60-year career, Trenet published some 850 songs as well as books of poetry and a handful of novels, although he tended to dismiss the significance of his productivity with a certain detached amusement. Into his 80s, he still presented an ebullient visage, a broad grin topped by thinning red hair that made him look exactly like the aging music hall entertainer that he was. Trenet was still writing songs very prolifically in the late '90s, often inspired by thoughts that occurred to him as he worked on his fiction, which was one reason he had so much trouble completing the latter. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Swing Troubadour

1. Swing Troubadour

2. Le Soleil A Rendez-Vous Avec La Lune

3. Pape Pique Et Maman Coud

4. L'Heritage Infernal

5. La Cigale Et La Fourmi

6. Debit De L'Ear, Debit De Lait

7. Quand Un Facteur S'Envole

8. Annie - Anna

9. Tout Me Sourit

10. Les Enfants S'Ennuient Le Dimanche

11. Terre

12. C'est Bon

13. La Vielle

14. Les Oiseaux De Paris

15. Sur Un Fil

16. Miss Emily

17. Ding! Dong!

18. Un Rien Me Fait Chanter

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Track List: Y'a D'La Joie

1. Y' D'La Joie

2. Je Chante

3. J'Ai Ta Main

4. Pigeon Vole

5. Fleur Bleue

6. En Quittant La Ville

7. Le Grand Cafe

8. La Polka Du Roi

9. Biguine A Bango

10. Vous Oubliez Votre Cheval

11. Vous Etes Jolie

12. Il Pleut Dans Ma Chambre

13. Boum !...

14. La Route Enchantee

15. Ah! Dis, Ah! Bonjour

16. La Vie Qui Va

17. Menilmontant

18. Hop! Hop!

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Track List: Boum

1. La Route Enchantee

2. Y'a De La Joie

3. Boum

4. J'ai Ta Main

5. Pigeon Vole

6. Il Pleut Dans Ma Chambre

7. Papa Pique, Maman Coud

8. La Polka Du Roi

9. Un Rien Me Fait Chanter

10. Swing Troubadour

11. La Vie Quii Va

12. Mam'zelle Clio

13. Bonsoir Jolie Madame

14. Debit De L'eau, Debit De Lait

15. Vous Oubliez Votre Cheval

17. Quand J'etais P'tit... Je Vous Aimais

19. Le Temps Des Cerises

20. En Quittant La Ville

22. Sur Un Fil

23. Fleur Bleue

24. Menilmontant

25. La Romance De Paris

26. Que Reste-T-Il De Nos Amours

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Track List: Grandes Cantantes Franceses De La Historia, Canciones Francesas

1. Revoir Paris

2. Marie, Marie

3. Un Air Qui Vient De Chez Nous

4. Douce France

5. Que Reste-T-Il De Nos Amours?

6. Ding! Dong!

7. L'heritage Infernal

8. Quand Un Facteur S'envole

9. Debit De L'eau, Debit De Lait

10. Si Vous Aimiez

11. Liberte

12. Imaginez

13. Au Clair De La Lune

14. Chacun Son Reve

15. En Ecoutant Mon Coeur Chanter

16. Seul Depuis Toujours

17. On Danse A Paris

18. La Mer

19. Tombe Du Ciel

20. Le Retour Des Saisons

21. N'y Pensez Pas Trop

22. De La Fenetre D'en Haut

23. Autour Du Monde

24. Le Dernier Troubadour

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Track List: Le Music Hall

1. Moi J'aime Le Music Hall

2. A La Porte Du Garage

3. Route Nationale 7

4. Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir

5. Ou Sont-Ils Donc?

6. La Jolie Sardane

7. Dans Les Pharmacies

8. Une Noix

9. Debit De L'eau, Debit De Lait

10. L'heritage Infernal

12. Le Temps Des Cerises

13. Papa Pique Et Maman Coud

14. Le Grand Cafe

15. La Java Du Diable

16. L'ane Et Le Gendarme

17. Ma Philosophie

18. Les Chansons De La Nuit

19. Quand Vous Entendrez Mam'zelle

20. Coin De Rue

21. En Avril A Paris

22. Les Coupeurs De Bois

23. Paie Tes Dettes

24. Quand Un Bateau Blanc

25. Printemps A Rio

Comments

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historyboy8
Very good music. I only understand a few words, but I still enjoy them.
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Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours is the essence of sweet nostalgia. It makes your heart ache.
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Trenet can belt, but beautifully, and he can deliver a nimble, quick line like a Gilbert & Sullivan performer. His humor is delightful-- M ' s i e u r , you forgot your horse! -- gparks6
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La Mer is my favorite song of his.
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Quelle voix! Quelle musique!
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La Mer makes my knees go weak!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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slboet
world war two french caberet artists are NOT SIMILAR TOCHARLES TRENET ESPECIALLY His boum album. IVVE BEEN WAITING FOR ALONG TIME TO HERE HIS MUSIC ON THE STATION THAT I named after him.

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