One of my favorite songs is the signature song of my mother's namesake, Edith Piaf. It makes me want to learn French just so I can understand the words that she wrote and sang. There is an English version, but it just doesn't have the same je ne sais quoi. The movie "La Vie en Rose" (2007) is not always easy to watch, but Marion Cotillard's performance as the "Little Sparrow" is mesmerizing, and her Oscar for best actress was well-deserved.
I love Louis Armstrong's version, too, and always watch the credits at the end of "French Kiss" just so I can hear him sing it. Interestingly, when researching the song, Wiki gave a list of notable people who had sung it. Here are a few of the singers I would never have associated with this song:
- Aretha Franklin
- Barbara Feldon (Get Smart)
- Belinda Carlisle
- Brenda Lee
- Connie Francis
- Cyndi Lauper
- Donna Summer
- Grace Jones
- Jack Nicholson (I forgot about his karaoke scene in "Something's Gotta Give")
- KT Tunstall (Black Horse in a Cherry Tree)
- Petula Clark
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