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Date of Birth 18 May 1913Narbonne, Aude, France
Date of Death 18 February 2001Créteil, Val-de-Marne, France
Birth NameLouis Charles August Claude Trénet
Nickname Le Fou Chantant

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Charles Trenet was born on May 18, 1913 in Narbonne, Aude, France as Louis Charles August Claude Trénet. He died on February 18, 2001 in Créteil, Val-de-Marne, France.

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Was nicknamed "The Last Troubador" by Jean Cocteau.
His romantic ballad La Mer was reworked by Bobby Darin into the million-selling smash Beyond The Sea.
His most famous song, "La Mer", was introduced by Roland Gerbeau at the "Boeuf sur le Toit" (Paris, France) in 1945. More than 400 versions of the song have since been recorded.
French revue singer and composer of prolific output, nicknamed "Le Fou chantant" (The Singing Madman). He made his debut in 1935 as a member of 'Charles & Johnny' a popular cabaret duo. By 1938, he was engaged as a soloist at the ABC variety theatre in Paris and, eventually, took his place alongside Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier as France's most popular performing artist.
Longtime friend of Charles Chaplin.
Published some 850 songs, in addition to books of poetry and several novels.

Personal Quotes (1)

I make songs like an apple tree makes apples. They come from inside of me.

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