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“Sur ma vie” August 11, 2007

Posted by Jeff in A cappella, Music.

For forty-two years, Les Compagnons de la Chanson (The Companions of Song) defied musical fads and changing tastes — sort of a French a cappella Kingston Trio with nine voices.Édith Piaf with the Compagnons de la Chanson

Les Compagnons started in Vichy France during the war and became an overnight success in 1946 after their “duet” with Édith Piaf, “The Three Bells” (Les Trois Cloches), made it to the top of the French charts and led to a European and American tour. Here they are with Piaf celebrating the tenth anniversary of that recording:

An English-language version by the Browns in 1959 made the U. S. country-music charts. A different English translation entitled “While The Angelus Was Ringing,” was recorded by Margaret Whiting, Guy Lombardo, Tommy Dorsey and even Frank Sinatra.

Les Compagnons’ other best-known single is their cover of Charles Aznavour‘s “Sur Ma Vie”:

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