Edith Piaf & Theo Sarapo, At The Bobino, Capitol T-10348, 1962
“France’s most beloved singer and her husband”?!?! This album is seriously weird, and not at all what I was expecting. Side one is The Little Sparrow herself in all her glory, while side two is a few French Pop tunes from a 20 something heartthrob. It’s sad to say that Edith Piaf was just a year away from her untimely death at 47 when this was recorded, but I didn’t know she had also just married a 27 year old, who also died tragically in a car accident at age 34.
in many ways, Edith Piaf was to France what Judy Garland was to the United States. But this album plays as if, at the end of her life, Miss Garland married Bobby Sherman and they released an album together.
I’ll listen to side one over and over again! She comes out to about two minutes of cheering before the first song, and the crowd only gets more excited. Track 5, C’Etait Pas Moi, while I have no idea what it’s about, is an absolute smash. It’s just amazing to hear such vitality knowing that her life was literally falling apart at the time.
Cost: $2, $907 Remaining