Chanson Du Jour: “It Must Be Him”

Chanson Du Jour 10/17/206 Vikki Carr: “Que sea él” (It Must Be Him)

I’ve always loved the hilariously desperate song “It Must Be Him” performed by Vikki Carr. The song sold over 1 million copies in 1967 and millions more since.

Vikki Carr remains a very under-appreciated vocalist, one who gets unfairly lumped-in with her white bread contemporaries dominating that woeful/golden era of 1960s MOR (Middle of the Road) radio. rambler_wlkw

On trips in the Stevenson family station wagon, my dad would play this musical spam on the car radio, punching in the dreaded WLKW button, while we kids in the back seat begged for DJ Joe Thomas playing Beatles, Beach Boys and Motown on WICE. But alas – this was elevator music without doors that open and let you out.

It was in the back seat of the Pontiac Tempest, that I learned Vicki Carr sang ‘grown-up” music that I actually liked. Eventually I saw her perform on TV with Merv, Johnny and Mike, where she was always beautiful, charming, and singing brilliantly. Still later, I became the odd used record customer who purchased both Vikki’s Greatest Hits album AND Moby Grape’s groovy debut (sans “flipping the bird”) while shopping at In Your Ear. Has anyone else ever purchased these two records together? No? Hooray for me.

Born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas-Martinez Cardona before opting for the anglicized stage name,  Continue reading “Chanson Du Jour: “It Must Be Him””

Chanson du Jour “Tchi Tchi”

“Tino” Rossi (29 April 1907 – 26 September 1983) was a French singer and film actor. Born in Ajaccio, Corsica, Rossi was gifted with a voice well suited for opera. He became a tenor in the French cabaret style. Later, he appeared in various movies. During his career it is reported he recorded over 2000 songs, including “Tchi – Tchi”

Chanson du Jour: “I Love Paris”

Cole Porter lyrics & music

Every time I look down on this timeless town

Whether blue or gray be her skies

Whether loud be her cheers, or whether soft be her tears

More and more do I realize that…

I love Paris in the spring time

I love Paris in the fall

I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles

I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles

I love Paris every moment

Every moment of the year

I love Paris, why oh why do I love Paris

Because my love is here

Chanson du Jour: Barbara “Une Petite Cantate”

Un Petit Cantata is a song written by Barbara in tribute to pianist Liliane Benelli and published in 1965 on the album Le Mal de vivre.

Lyrics

Une petite cantate
Du bout des doigts
Obsédante et maladroite
Monte vers toi
Une petite cantate
Que nous jouions autrefois
Seule, je la joue, maladroite
Si, mi, la, ré, sol, do, fa

Cette petite cantate
Fa, sol, do, fa
N’était pas si maladroite
Quand c’était toi
Les notes couraient faciles
Heureuses au bout de tes doigts
Moi, j’étais là, malhabile
Si, mi, la, ré, sol, do, fa

Mais tu est partie, fragile
Vers l’au-delà
Et je reste, malhabile
Fa, sol, do, fa
Je te revois souriante
Assise à ce piano-là
Disant “Bon, je joue, toi chante
Chante, chante-la pour moi”
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, sol, do, fa
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, sol, do, fa

Oh mon amie, oh ma douce
Oh ma si petite à moi
Mon Dieu qu’elle est difficile
Cette cantate sans toi

Une petite prière
La, la, la, la
Avec mon cœur pour la faire
Et mes dix doigts
Une petite cantate
Mais sans un signe de croix
Quelle offense, Dieu le père
Il me le pardonnera
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, sol, do, fa
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, sol, do, fa

Les anges, avec leur trompette
La jouerons, jouerons pour toi
Cette petite cantate
Qui monte vers toi
Cette petite cantate
Qui monte vers toi
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, mi, la, ré
Si, sol, do, fa…

English Translation

A little cantata
A little cantata
obsessive and clumsy


climbs towards you
from the tip of my fingers.
A little cantata
like the ones we played in the olden days,
Now I alone play her clumsily
si mi la re sol do fa.

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