18 May 1913, Narbonne, France, d. 19 February 2001, Paris, France. One of the leading exponents of the French chanson, Trenets mixture of light-hearted comedy and nostalgic romanticism continued to endear him to his countrymen long after most of his contemporaries had passed away. After studying art at the Académie des Arts Décoratives in Paris, Trenet formed a songwriting partnership with pianist Johnny Hess. The two performed in cabaret as Charles Et Johnny, and issued their first recordings in January 1934. The partnership was ended by military service in 1936, but Trenet was by now establishing a substantial reputation as a songwriter in his homeland. His commissions included songs for Maurice Chevalier (Ya De La Joie) and Jean Sablon (Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir), while Yves Montand made his debut in 1937 with Trenets Cest La Vie Qui Va). During this period Trenet also inaugurated a...
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