Piaf – La Goulante de Pauvre Jean

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La Goulante de Pauvre Jean is the original French song that gave rise to a later American hit: ‘The Poor People of Paris.’

Les Baxter’s orchestra had a number one hit with ‘Poor People’ on the Billboard Singles Chart in 1956. It was then covered by Lawrence Welk, Chet Atkins, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.

Later, Michel Emer wrote a song for Edith and her husband, Theo Sarapo, called ‘A Quoi ca Sert l’Amour,’ which sounds awfully similar to “Pauvre Jean.”

Theo Sarapo’s sister, Christie Laume, is writing her memoirs about her life, her brother and the period of time she lived with Edith Piaf and her brother Theo.


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