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Italian-born yet eternally French-identified singer and star of stage and screen Yves Montand was a consort and performing partner of Edith Piaf's who also appeared with Marilyn Monroe and Barbra Streisand. In 2007, Saga All Stars released a 16-track collection of recordings he made in 1948 and 1949. Decorated with a zoom-lens close-up of his accomplished mouth, this delightful album works well as an introduction to Montand's patented postwar persona. He was a debonair interpreter of popular song whose friendly delivery invited comparison with Charles Trenet. On these recordings, Montand sang with a quintet led by pianist Bob Castella. The other players were accordionist Freddy Balta, guitarist Henri Crolla, bassist Emmanuel Soudieux, and clarinetist Hubert Rostaing, a brilliant improviser who made his best records with Gypsy swing guitarist Django Reinhardt.


Born: 13 October 1921 in Monsummano Alto, Florence, Italy

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Yves Montand was an enormously popular singer in France, his adopted country, from the 1940s until his death. He also gave concerts around the world, but he was better-known internationally as an actor. Montand was born Ivo Livi on October 13, 1921, in the village of Monsummano Alto in the Tuscany region of Italy near Florence. He was the youngest of three children of Giovanni Livi, a broom maker, and Giuseppina (Simoni) Livi. His father was involved with the Communist Party, and in May 1924 the...
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