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Édith Piaf


“For me, singing is a way of escaping. It's another world. I'm no longer on earth.”



Edith Piaf was one of the most popular French singers of the 1940s and ‘50s, internationally famous for her husky, mournful voice and her songs of loneliness and despair. Born in Paris to street entertainers, her childhood was marked by poverty, illness and temporary blindness. After a stint with her father’s touring acrobatic act, she sang in the streets until she was discovered by promoter Louis Leplee, who re-named her “la môme Piaf” (“the waif sparrow”). The diminutive singer gained popularity as she toured France, singing in cabarets and vaudeville theaters and, beginning in 1936, performing on radio and recordings. Her great fame came after World War II, with her song “Le Vie en Rose” becoming an international standard. She toured the United States several times beginning in the late 1940s and English versions of her songs made the pop charts in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The anguish in her songs seemed to match the anguish in her personal life. Piaf had several ill-fated… read more


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