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Album Review

This 10" LP constituted one of the earlier opportunities that Americans had to partake of Maurice Chevalier's work after World War II. Although most of it dates from a pair of session in March and April of 1947, "Mimi" — which might well be the raison d'être for most people getting the album — is from 1932. The material ranges from songs composed specifically for him to those he made his own after the fact; there would be better collections in the future, to be sure, but this was a good sampling of his work — beyond "Mimi" are "Just a Bum" ("Ma Pomme"), "Valentine," "A Barcelone," and "Place Pigalle," are all worthwhile hearing.

Biography

Born: 12 September 1888 in Menilmontant, France

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Dubbed "the French Al Jolson," Maurice Chevalier was among the most beloved song-and-dance men of the pre-war era. Born September 12, 1888 in Paris, he was the youngest of nine children, quitting school at the age of 11 to work as an apprentice engraver and factory worker. Chevalier also later performed as a circus acrobat, but after suffering serious injuries he instead turned to singing in Parisian cafes and music halls; although his voice lacked power, he compensated with his fine comedic skills,...
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