Paris Between the Wars – “A” is for Raymond Asso

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Between 1919 and 1939, Paris experienced a cultural and intellectual boom. This blog will feature artists, writers, composers, musicians, and designers. Paris was at its cultural peak.
Edith Piaf and Raymond Asso

Edith Piaf and Raymond Asso

Born in Nice in 1901, Raymond Asso worked as a French lyricist, without success until he met Edith Piaf in 1935. She became his lover and his muse, providing him with inspiration. As a former French legionnaire, Asso wrote songs such as “Mon Légionnaire” and “Le Fanion de le Légion” (the flag of the legion), both of which became easily identifiable with Piaf.

Here, she sings “Le Fanion de la Légion,” and even though it’s sung in French, Piaf conveys the tone perfectly.

In August 1939, Raymond Asso was called up to serve in the French army during World War II, and his collaborations with Piaf ended. He died in Paris in 1968 at the age of 67.

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21 Comments

Martha; what a great idea for the A-Z blog. As always, I look forward to your writing. So, Edith Piaf; so interesting, so eclectic! Let’s be honest; not the greatest “make out” music, but she does inspire me to march around the living room dusting………with a smile on my face. Keep up the great work! If you’re wondering how I could be so cultured to know Edith and yet so moronic to make such a comment on kissing protocols, I’ll see if I can explain it into a blog!

Indeed Piaf conveys the tone perfectly. Interesting, amazing talent — both of them.

Piaf always makes me cry…sometimes for joy.

There really was a boom of expression in France during that time. Thanks for taking the time to do the research.
I’m A to Zing from: moondustwriter and Fill the Cracks

Very interesting! I can’t wait to read more of your posts as the month continues.

Martha, I have to agree with the previous commenters–a fabulous theme! I know I will learn much, as I didn’t know who this gentlemen was. I have some Mireille Matthieu CDs and one of them is of her doing all Edith Piaf songs. Thanks, Denise

I do love Piaf. An interesting first post. Thank you. Look forward to reading more 🙂 Have a good weekend.

This is so interesting! What a great theme. I can’t wait to read all your posts this month!

I’m attending a French Film Festival this weekend in Richmond, VA. I feel like this blog post was written for me. Thank you, Martha!

I didn’t think I’d heard of Asso but I know that picture so I must have. Kind of like that it’s the opposite to normal and it’s the man who is less well remembered.
The Glasgow Gallivanter

Well, of course I know Edith, but this guy I never heard of. Was he featured in the movie about her?

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