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Encyclopedia > Non, je ne regrette rien

"Non, je ne regrette rien" sample  is a French song written in 1956 which is best known through the recording made by French singer, Édith Piaf, on 10 November 1960. Its title translates as "No, I regret nothing" but has often been rendered simply as "No regrets". It was composed by Charles Dumont and its lyrics, describing the singer's defiant attitude toward the past, were written by Michel Vaucaire. Édith Piaf (December 19, 1915–October 11, 1963) was one of Frances most beloved singers, and became a national icon. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion.[1] At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War of Independence (1956–1962), and the Legion—who had backed a temporary putsch by the French military against the civilian leadership of Algeria—adopted the song when their resistance was broken in April 1961, singing it as they were ordered at gunpoint aboard evacuation vehicles.[2] The song remains popular with the Legion and is sung when they are on parade. “Legionnaire” redirects here. ... Combatants FLN (1954-62) MNA (1954-62) France (1954-62) FAF (1960-61) OAS (1961-62) Commanders Mostefa Benboulaïd Ferhat Abbas Hocine Aït Ahmed Ahmed Ben Bella Krim Belkacem Larbi Ben MHidi Rabah Bitat Mohamed Boudiaf Messali Hadj General Jacques Massu General Maurice Challe Bachaga Said Boualam... A coup détat, or simply a coup, is the sudden overthrow of a government, usually done by a small group that just replaces the top power figures. ...


Ironically, the song was adopted as "a personal anthem" by a person on the diametrically opposite political pole - the former Dutch colonial soldier Johan Cornelis Princen (better known as Poncke Princen) who in 1948 deserted, joined the pro-independence Indonesian rebels fighting against the Dutch, lived out the rest of his life as an Indonesian political and human rights activist, and spent more than eight years in the prisons of his adopted country, under various dicatorships. From his own point of view, he too cited the sentiments expressed in Piaf's song as reflecting his own.[3] A map showing the territory that the Netherlands held at various points in history. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Johan Cornelis Princen (November 21, 1925 – February 22, 2002), better known as Poncke Princen, was a Dutch anti-Nazi fighter and colonial soldier. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ...


Recordings and performances

The song has been recorded or performed live by many artists aside from Piaf, including Kay Starr. Lesley Garrett, Elaine Paige, Tina Arena, Isabelle Boulay, Mireille Mathieu, Garou, Patricia Kaas, Karen Akers, Marc Lavoine and Grace Jones. Kay Starr on the cover of 2002 collection The Definitive Kay Starr on Capitol Kay Starr (born July 21, 1922) is an American jazz and popular singer. ... Lesley Garrett, CBE (April 10, 1955 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire) is an internationally renowned English soprano singer. ... On the cover of Elaine Paige Tour Programme 2004 Elaine Paige OBE (born Elaine Bickerstaff on 5 March 1948 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is a world-renowned English singer and actor, primarily in musicals. ... Tina Arena (born Filippina Lydia Arena on November 1, 1967, in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia) is an ARIA award winning singer/songwriter. ... Isabelle Boulay (born 6 July 1972 in Sainte-Félicité, Quebec) is a francophone Canadian pop singer. ... Mireille Mathieu (album) Mireille Mathieu (born July 22, 1946) is a French singer, who besides being very successful in her own country, became a star of international stature, recording in several languages. ... Garou can mean many things. ... Patricia Kaas Patricia Kaas (born December 5, 1966 in Forbach, France) is a French singer and actress. ... Karen Akers (born October 13, 1945) is an American actress and singer, who has appeared on Broadway, cabaret and film. ... Marc Lavoine (born August 6, 1962) is a French singer and actor. ... Grace Jones (born Grace Mendoza on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress. ...


Popular culture

In the United Kingdom, the song was at one time associated with the former Conservative Party Chancellor of the Exchequer, Norman Lamont, who is said to have sung it in the bath on the night of the country's withdrawal from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992. Lamont later quoted the song's title to sum up his political career.[4] It was also featured in the movie Bull Durham (although the character Nuke LaLoosh refers to Piaf as a "crazy Mexican singer"). The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and is the second oldest extant political party in the world. ... The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the title held by the British Cabinet minister responsible for all economic and financial matters. ... Norman Stewart Hughson Lamont, Baron Lamont of Lerwick, PC (born 8 May 1942) was Conservative Member of Parliament for Kingston-upon-Thames, England from 1972 until 1997. ...  Eurozone countries  ERM II countries  other EU countries  unilaterally adopted euro The European Exchange Rate Mechanism, ERM, was a system introduced by the European Community in March 1979, as part of the European Monetary System (EMS), to reduce exchange rate variability and achieve monetary stability in Europe, in preparation for... Bull Durham is a 1988 American movie about love and baseball. ...

  • The song is featured in a number of movies, including Babe: Pig in the City. the last scene of Bernardo Bertolucci's film The Dreamers (2003), the 2005 film Monamour, and the British 3D animated WWII movie The Valiant in which members of the French Resistance "play" it, twelve years before the song was written. It was mashed up in the song "Nique la police," which appears in the French film La Haine (1995).
  • It is also used in many commercials, including an Ebay commercial in which a woman drops her ring down the sink, and an Australian NESCAFE TV commercial in the early 1990s

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References

  1. ^ Cooke, James J. (1990). "Alexander Harrison, Challenging de Gaulle: The O.A.S. and the Counterrevolution in Algeria, 1954–1962". The International Journal of African Historical Studies. Boston: Boston University African Studies Center.
  2. ^ Porch, Douglas (1991). The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-43427-7
  3. ^ Ed McWilliams, former US Foreign Service Officer, in The Jakarta Post, February 28, 2002 [1]
  4. ^ Johnston, Philip (16 Mar. 2004). "It ain't over till the Home Secretary sings". The Daily Telegraph.

 
 

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