THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
178-Edith Piaf-Non,Je Ne Regrette Rien.’
1960-Has Never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 1.47.’Formidable.’
‘Non,Je Ne Regrette Rien’ means,no I regret nothing,was composed in 1956 by Charles Dumont with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire.
When Dumont and Vaucaire visited Piaf’s home on 24th October 1960 she received them in a very impolite and unfriendly manner.She was furious that her housekeeper Danielle had arranged a meeting with the two men without informing her,so she left them waiting an hour in her living room before she appeared.’As you can see I am extremely tired’ she said to them,very irritated,’Hurry up only one song! Quick to the piano,go ahead,’she commanded.Nervous and perspiring,Dumont sang the song in a low voice.When he finished there was a big silence,as they waited for Piaf’s verdict.’Will you sing it again?’asked Piaf in a sharp voice.When he was hardly halfway through,she interrupted him,’Formidable,this is the song I have been waiting for,it will be my biggest success.’
Edith Piaf was born Edith Gassion in Paris,19th,December 1915 and died 10th,October 1963 in Grasse,France of liver cancer.Since her death several biographies and films have studied her life,she has become one of the most celebrated performers of the 20th Century.
‘No,I do not regret anything,no,nothing no.I do not regret anything.’
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