Charles DUMONT

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Singer & Musician

FrenchBorn Charles DUMONT

French singer and composer

Born on March 26, 1929 in Cahors , France (95 years)

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Charles Dumont (born March 26, 1929, in Cahors, (Lot, France)), is a French singer and composer. Dumont is best remembered for writing or co-writing over 30 of the most well-known songs recorded by singer Édith Piaf, including "Non, je ne regrette rien".

...   Charles Dumont (born March 26, 1929, in Cahors, (Lot, France)), is a French singer and composer. Dumont is best remembered for writing or co-writing over 30 of the most well-known songs recorded by singer Édith Piaf, including "Non, je ne regrette rien".


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He wrote songs until the 1960s, sometimes under an alias, for Dalida, Gloria Lasso, Luis Mariano and Tino Rossi. He worked with lyricist Michel Vaucaire. In 1956 they wrote Non, je ne regrette rien, recorded in 1960 by Édith Piaf. That led to more than 30 songs for her, such as Flonflons du Bal, Mon Dieu and Les Amants which Piaf and Dumont wrote and sang together in 1962.
Dumont tells in the book Édith Piaf, Opinions publiques, by Bernard Marchois (TF1 Editions 1995), that Michel Vaucaire's original title was "Non, je ne trouverai rien" (No, I will not find anything) and that the song was meant for the popular French singer Rosalie Dubois. However, thinking of Édith, he changed the title to "Non, je ne regrette rien" (No, I Regret Nothing).
According to journalist Jean Noli, in his book Édith (Éditions Stock 1973), when Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire visited Piaf's home at Boulevard Lannes in Paris, on 24 October 1960, she received them in a very impolite and unfriendly manner. Dumont had several times tried to offer Piaf his compositions, but she disliked them and had refused them – the standard was too low, according to her. On that day she was furious that her housekeeper Danielle had arranged a meeting with the two men without informing her. So she let them wait an hour in her living room before she appeared. "As you can see I am extremely tired", she said to them, very irritated. "Hurry up, only one song! Quick to the piano, go ahead!" she commanded. Nervous and perspiring, Dumont sang the song in a low voice. When he finished there was a big silence, as they waited for Piaf's verdict. "Will you sing it again?" asked Piaf in a sharp voice. When he was hardly halfway through, she interrupted him. "Formidable! [Fantastic!]" she exclaimed. "Formidable. This is the song I have been waiting for. It will be my biggest success! I want it for my coming performance at L'Olympia!" Vaucaire, delighted, replied, "Of course, Édith, the song is yours".
Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion. At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954–1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment)—which backed the failed 1961 putsch against president Charles de Gaulle and the civilian leadership of Algeria—adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade.
Piaf's death in 1963 led him to work with Jacques Brel, writing Je m'en remets à toi in 1964, and to writing songs for television shows such as Michel Vaillant in 1967, and cinema, Trafic by Jacques Tati in 1971.
He and Vaucaire wrote a song about the Berlin Wall, which had just gone up, called Le mur, intended for Piaf. After she died, they heard Barbra Streisand wanted it for album of French-based songs, and the story is they refused to let any French performers sing it until after Streisand's decision and performance. In 1966 Barbra Streisand released her 8th album, Je m'appelle Barbra, with Le mur on it, sung all in French. Most of the songs on the Je m'appelle Barbra album were conducted by the great Michel Legrand, the first time Streisand and Legrand worked together. Later, an American lyricist, Earl Shuman, wrote an English-language version titled "I've Been Here." This song isn't a translation of Le mur but a completely different song that just uses Dumont's Bolero-style music. "I've Been Here" was recorded separately and was on the "B" side of a 45 rpm., with "Free Again" on the "A" side The label cites Shuman, Vaucaire and Dumont as the authors/composers, although Vaucaire had nothing to do with this version.
In the 1970s, Charles Dumont started a career as interpreter with songs such as Une chanson (1976) and Les amours impossibles (1978), which received awards.


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