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The little stories behind the songs
Welcome to Paris Chanson’s podcast. I am Olivier, in charge here at Paris Chanson of the little stories that lay behind the French songs we play every day.
Let’s talk about love this week… as we are only a few days away from Valentine’s Day.
This is “Parlez-moi d’amour” from Lucienne Boyer of course.
To better understand how this song was created, we need to go back to 1924. It’s night time. Jean Lenoir (composer and song writer) had quite a big argument with the singer and friend Mistinguett during the day. He’s upset, he can’t sleep so he starts writing and composing a song about it, called “Parlez-moi d’amour”. That song will remain unpublished during 5 years. Then Lenoir gave it to a novice singer who will later be discovered by Lucienne Boyer in Paris. What happened next is history. Boyer recorded the song in 1930. She made it very popular in France, America, and the rest of the world. “Parlez-moi d’amour” was translated in 37 languages in total and sang by more than 160 artists. In English it’s called “Speak to me of love” or “Tell me about love”.
“Parlez-moi d'amour” is the perfect song for Valentine’s Day. It reminds us how love should be really: sweet and beautiful.