Tuesday, 10 October 2017

On this day in history Oct 10

Edith Piaf died on this day in 1963.  She was only 47.  Piaf, the little sparrow, was a wonder and there are many fabulous singers still singing her songs.

Her funeral was the only occasion after World War II that Parisian traffic came to a complete standstill.  There were so many people at the event that allegedly several mourners fell into the open grave.  More than 40,000 saw her interred.  

I wonder what would stop the traffic nowadays.  

I'd like to introduce you to a colleague of mine who sings on the UK folk scene.   She is French and her name is Flossie Malaiavalle.   I'm honoured that she chose to record one of my songs - I Still Think of You.   When she appeared at our folk club recently I had the chance to finally meet up with her.  

Flossie sings many contemporary singers' songs, but also does a show of Piaf songs, so here is her version of La Vie en Rose.  



8 comments:

  1. Hi Fil - what a beautiful tribute ... I didn't realise the aspects of Piaf's life - her car crashes etc ... sad one too ... but Flossie Malavialle does Piaf justice ... lovely rendition - thanks for highlighting Flossie ... wonderful you were able to meet her - and how excellent she's using one of your songs ... cheers - Hilary

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    1. We're delighted to bring some of our folk club colleagues over here Hilary - she's great fun as a performer - she tours around the English folk clubs all year - watch out for her. I'm chuffed to say that she's recorded a second one of my songs on this new album of hers too :)

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  2. I must say I was not familiar with Flossie, but am grateful you posted this. Beautifully done. I've been MIA from blogging for way to long and am now getting back into.

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    1. Welcome back Sandy - I've been very slow at it myself - doing more reading than writing these past months.

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  3. Flossiehas a great voice, dear Fil, I am also happy that she recorded one of your songs! I would love to hear her version! Yes, Piaf was so beloved, I didn't know these facts about her. What would stop traffic these days? A meteor falling on earth :) Hope you have a sweet day, dear Fil, loved yous post!
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    1. Indeed! What would stop traffic these days Denise - we've become so blasé ... The song Flossie recorded was I Still Think of You and I think you can hear her version of it on her website.. the link is in the post. Her new album has Touch of Your Hand which is a song I co-wrote with a friend from Cork.

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  4. What a delightful introduction to Flossie, and how lovely she's recorded one of your songs. It's great you got a chance to meet up with her.

    That Piaf photo is extraordinary - what an amazing tribute for such a gifted spirit.

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  5. Flossie has a lovely voice! And how lovely that you and she have connected through your song!
    I love to think of a musician being the cause of a traffic jam! I always love sharing the fact that the fireworks that G.F Handel wrote 'Music for the Royal Fireworks' for caused the first ever traffic jam in London!xx

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