On the way back

In 1968, Paul Mauriat and his orchestra scored a massive US hit with “Love Is Blue,” an instrumental version of a song first recorded by Vicky Leandros. How to follow it up? The next Mauriat release in the States was called “Love in Every Room,” and it stalled mid-chart:

This came up on the shuffle yesterday, and I suddenly had the urge to check its papers. The French title is “Même si tu revenais” — “Even if you came back” — and it was recorded first in 1965 by a fellow named Claude François:

M. François was only 26 when he recorded this jaunty little number. He’s better known, of course, for cowriting “Comme d’habitude,” which Paul Anka reworked into “My Way.” And he never made it to his forties: an electrical accident killed him.


  1. fillyjonk »

    18 July 2019 · 6:42 pm

    I had never heard the French version of “My Way” (which I mainly associate with Sinatra).

    the lyrics are much more moving, and sadder, than the slightly-egotistical English ones.

  2. CGHill »

    18 July 2019 · 7:25 pm

    Many French songs convey entirely different messages when someone fits an English lyric to them. One that didn’t was Charles Aznavour’s “Hier encore,” which became a hit for Roy Clark as “Yesterday, When I Was Young.”


  3. fillyjonk »

    18 July 2019 · 9:12 pm

    Yeah, I vastly prefer the landscape imagery of “La Mer” to the more banal “Beyond the Sea”

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