Thursday, April 30, 2015

RIP Patachou



The singer Patachou has died

Le Monde
4/30/2015

Patachou, one of the most cheeky voices of French music after the war, which had owned a famous Parisian cabaret in Montmartre before launching herself on stage, died Thursday at 96 years, surrounded his family.

Her real name was Henriette Ragon, Patachou, born June 10, 1918 in Paris, and died at her home in Neuilly (Hauts-de-Seine), announced her son Pierre Billon who told AFP, confirming a report by France 2.

Brassens and Brel started her cabaret

This artisan girl, was first a typist and factory worker, in 1948 she opened and managed a cabaret-restaurant in Montmartre, with her husband Jean Billon, she quickly made a famous place of the Parisian night life.


"At Patachou" it saw the start of many artists like Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens with which she performed "Maman, Papa," a duet.  Hugues Aufray and Michel Sardou also performed in this nightclub of the popular song, which was closed in the ‘70s.

Originally, Patachou, blonde with short hair, began by making pastry, then bought a nearby local location for her cabaret-restaurant.

In a Renoir film

Supported by Maurice Chevalier, Patachou then took to the microphone herself, with a repertoire of realistic songs (“La complainte de la Butte”, “Gamin de Paris”) and light ditties (“le Tapin tranquille”, “Douce Marijane”).  Interpreter with a slight warm hoarse voice, her “Bal chez Temporel” is remembered as “La Bague à Jules” is remembered as well as “Toutes les femmes de mon mari”.

She has also performed abroad (U.S.A., Canada, Great Britain, Brazil), as well as getting small roles in film (1954) in "French Cancan" and Renoir's "Napoleon" by Guitry.  In 1966 Patachou is back in Paris at the tavern " La Tête de l'art" and in 1969 the restaurant of the Eiffel Tower, before ending her singing career.  From the 1980s, Patachou is seen in film and television.

The singer and actress was promoted to Officer of the Legion of Honour and Commander of Arts and Letters.


PATACHOU (Henriette Eugénie Jeanne Ragon)
Born: 6/10/1918, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 4/30/2015 Neuilly, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Patachou’s western – actress:
Bordertown (TV) – 1991 (Suzanne Dumont) [episode 3.25 Frontier Passage guest appearance)]

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