French cultural life – From Chanson Icon to Man Ray

A round up of the arts and culture stories creating a buzz in France this month, January 2020

1.  Last chanson icon dies

Fred Mella, the last surviving member of Les Compagnons de la Chanson – a group of nine singers that enjoyed enormous popularity in France from the 1950s to the end of the 1970s – died in November aged 95.

The group of singers, always dressed in white shirts and blue trousers, were perhaps best known for their accompaniments to singing ‘sparrow’ Edith Piaf (pictured above during a TV performance - see video here or below).

Ardèche-born Mr Mella gave his final concert in 2008, at L’Olympia in Paris, 25 years after ...

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