Vocalist Christine Bovill talks to Gallic legend’s songwriter, Charles Dumont. By Teddy Jamieson
They just gather new stories. Here's one: In 1960 Charles Dumont gave Edith Piaf a song to sing. It was only three years before she died but that song, Je Ne Regrette Rien, would come to define the French chanteuse as well as make Dumont's name as a songwriter. Jump to Scotland years later and a 14-year-old schoolgirl who hates French class. A priest, knowing the girl's love of old jazz records, gives her an Edith Piaf record. Now all grown up, she says listening to that record was "the defining moment of my life". She begins to study French, becomes a singer and starts to perform the songs of Piaf and Jacques Brel.
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