Monday, June 17, 2013

A Few Moments with Edith Piaf

I just watched a thoroughly engrossing documentary on Edith Piaf (Edith Piaf - A Passionate Life) that was filmed four years after her death in 1963. So here are some powerful performances from one of the greatest singers who ever lived.

Her best known hit - La Vie En Rose - is heard in this performance from a 1954 TV broadcast.

Here Edith defiantly sings that she has no regrets ('Non, je ne regrette rien' from 1961). You don't have to speak the language to get the message, that's for sure.

Piaf sings a remarkable tune, this time in English - Hymn to Love - from the 1951 US TV program Holidays in Paris. When Edith Piaf died at age 47, hundreds of thousands of people showed up in the rain to pay their respects.