Posts Tagged ‘Edith Piaf’

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The amazing story of Edith Piaf

March 6, 2009

Edith Piaf’s life story reads like a thriller. A rollercoaster ride of extreme poverty, fabulous wealth, complete happiness and utter tragedy.

In her lifetime, the tiny (4 foot 10) singer who became known as Little Sparrow:

  • Triumphed over adversity to take the French and world music business by storm;
  • Was blind from the ages of three to seven;
  • Was raised by prostitutes in her grandmother’s brothel;
  • First sang in public at the age of 14;
  • Lost her only child to meningitis;
  • Was accused of collaborating with the Nazis (she denied this, saying she was in fact a secret member of the Resistance, for which there is some evidence);
  • Reportedly helped French prisoners of war escape their Nazi captors;
  • Was accused of involvement in a mob murder (she was acquitted);
  • Conquered America, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show eight times and at Carnegie Hall twice;
  • Discovered and helped make famous legendary French singers Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour;
  • Lost the love of her life, a famous French boxer, in a tragic plane crash;
  • Counted among her personal friends the likes of heartthrob actor Maurice Chevalier and actress and singer Marlene Dietrich;
  • Recorded over 200 songs and appeared in ten films;
  • Married a man 20 years younger than her;
  • Was seriously injured in a car crash along with Charles Aznavour;
  • Almost died in two more car accidents;
  • Became addicted to morphine and alcohol;
  • Died of liver cancer, aged just 47 (19 December 1915 – 10 October 1963)

Listen to her amazing music and read more at www.lingolyrics.com

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Learn to sing in French – and you’ll learn to speak it!

March 2, 2009

Please also take a moment to check out our site:

www.lingolyrics.com

Watch the best French music videos with something to suit all tastes: from the nostalgia of Edith Piaf (‘La vie en rose’) to the chart-topping rock of Kyo (‘Je Saigne Encore’)… from pop to reggae to classical.

With each video, we’ve provided the transcribed and translated lyrics in English and French (literal translations).

At www.lingolyrics.com you’ll also find:

  • profiles on featured artists and bands
  • latest releases
  • links to official fan sites
  • links to legitimate mp3 download sites, and (coming soon)
  • hot news updates
  • reviews
  • concert alerts and booking links
  • travel booking links (try out your French in France!)
  • recommended language learning products and services

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Rendezvous with the amazing music-makers of France

March 2, 2009

Hi! We’re Venetia (19) and Bianca (15), bilingual (English/French) sisters living in France. We’re developing our own ezine – www.lingolyrics.com – that makes it easy and fun to learn French.

In our blog we’ll be sharing our passion for the language of love by introducing you to some amazing French musicians.

We’ll be telling you about the likes of:

  • the legendary Edith Piaf, whose life story reads like a thriller – a rollercoaster ride of extreme poverty, fabulous wealth, complete happiness and utter heartbreak
  • tragic Grégory Lemarchal, who died aged just 23 after having won the hearts of millions with his pure voice and clean-cut good looks;
  • gifted musician Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi): heiress, supermodel, singer, songwriter, First Lady of France

… and many more fascinating personalities – including the great singers and bands at the top of the French charts right now.

We can’t wait to share these amazing stories with you – as well as giving you the chance to listen to some superb French music… and discover what all those beautiful-sounding lyrics mean. (We’re even providing the transcribed and translated lyrics)

Hopefully, like us, you will not only come love French music – you’ll also find that you’re learning to speak French at the same time. =)

à bientôt!

www.lingolyrics.com
Learn to sing in French – and you’ll learn to speak it!