Colette Magny
October 25, 2010 5:23 PM   Subscribe

Colette Magny (1926 – 1997) was a French song writer, composer and singer. Overlooked by the media because of her political engagement, she had success in the 1960′s with her blues-oriented repertoire and a big hit with her song “Melocoton (and gum balls)” (1963). Gifted with a strong and melodious voice, she was one of the few French singers at ease with blues and jazz. She sang the poems of great French poets (Rimbaud, Artaud, Aragon, Villon) as well as the repertoire of great blues and jazz singers (Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday) or her own, very creative, songs. Discover or rediscover the rich voice and soul of the great Colette Magny! Basin Street Blues::French Lullaby::Rock Me More And More::Frankie and Johnny::House of the Rising Sun::"Les Tuileries " chanson, texte de Victor Hugo::more.
posted by puny human (6 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
She's a new one on me. Thanks, human!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:33 PM on October 25, 2010

Thanks for the post! I first heard "Melocoton" when the song was prominently featured in the film Donne-moi la main, which I saw at a film festival last year.
posted by dnash at 5:57 PM on October 25, 2010

Great post! Melecoton is available on iTunes - just bought it. What a song, and more importantly - what a voice!
posted by milkwood at 11:57 PM on October 25, 2010

Thanks a lot ! She was beautiful.
posted by nicolin at 1:31 AM on October 26, 2010

This is great, great stuff! THank you, you puny, puny human.
posted by ouke at 1:44 AM on October 26, 2010

I find this photo of her deeply affecting for some reason. Something about the look of pained tragedy. Hopelessness.
posted by milkwood at 3:23 AM on October 28, 2010

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