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Whilst aical about his life is being prepared and Massimo Lopez celebrates it tomorrow at Politeama Genovese, it is possible to rediscover the beginnings of Sinatra in a double CD at a special price. After leaving the Harry James Orchestra in 1940, "the Voice" reached that of trombonist Tommy Dorsey, where he began a maturation that would take him away from the model of Bing Crosby to find a personal path between "bel canto" Italian style and swing.
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Frank Sinatra won the gold medal in Italy and took fifth place in the official singles chart. Anka wrote the text about the notes of Claude François' Comme d'habitude, which in turn used a motif composed by Jacques Revaux.
Recorded by Sinatra in December 1968, it soon became one of the most representative songs in her repertoire. Later this song was recorded by various singers, including Elvis Presley, Mireille Mathieu, Sid Vicious, Nina Hagen, Luciano Pavarotti and recently Michael Bublé, who over time has become one of the most popular and popular international songs.
A former singer who had given up microphones a few years earlier to devote himself exclusively to the profession of composer, Jacques Revaux designs a motif that gives him a text in English macaroni and calls it For Me. Sad song, melody already heard: it was the verdict of producer Gilbert Marouani at first go. Even Hervé Vilard, for whom the song was intended, expressed an identical opinion, and the song returned to the drawer.
In 1967, Claude François (1939-1978), a singer born in Egypt as the son of a French father and an Italian mother, heard the song in the French charts a few years ago and found it suitable to describe his biographical story: he had been abandoned by France Gall, at the end of a three-year love story.
In collaboration with the lyricist Gilles Thibaut, he wrote a text that describes the interruption of a relationship that had become mere routines but would have liked to continue, and gave it the title Comme d'habitude (As usual). The piece so reworked, according to François himself, "was a cry that came from my heart because I was really desperate.
Characteristic of the composition was the melodic line of the chorus, which François himself defined as the "Refrain Pont", consisting of a chrescendo until the climax of the piece (Comme d). In November 1967, Claude François recorded it, and the single immediately entered the charts.
And François also prepared a version for the Italian market: the verses were written by Andrea Lo Vecchio and the song Come semipre was released on the B-side of the single Se torni tu (dimenticatissimo). The song was released in German under the title So live your life and proposed by Michel Sardou in French and Spanish with the title A mi humanera translation based on the English text, then in the 90s by Gypsy King with the same title but with the amended text proposed.
Anka, who was in France at the time, heard Comme d'habitude on the air. Impressed by the song, he thought of an adaptation in English. After going to Paris to negotiate the purchase of the rights, he composed the verses and submitted the song, now called My Way (A mio modo), to Frank Sinatra.
The English version is not an adaptation, but a text in itself that has nothing to do with the original version: it is the story of a man, perhaps close to death, who balances his life and does not have much regret because he has always lived in his own way.
The subject was well suited to Sinatra, who was not impressed. Repeatedly, Sinatra admitted to hating the song, which had also been "very good to him", an opinion confirmed by his other daughter Tina in an interview with the BBC: her father found it "self-compassionate and self-declamatory". The song has been translated into many languages.
Presley didn't like the song very much either, he couldn't feel it in his own way, and he didn't feel comfortable singing it live. 3] Presley, however, played the piece in at least two great productions of that time: the music documentary Elvis On Tour and the following concert Aloha from Hawaii.
Towards the end of the 70's the song became an icon of the subculture of punks. Sid Vicious's (ex Sex Pistols) desecrating version videotape was included in the Italian release of La grand scam del rock'n'roll and the song also appears in the soundtrack of the 1979 release of The Great Rock'n' Roll Swindle. The original title is The Great Rock'n' Roll.
The German singer Nina Hagen suggested her in a single from 1980, with lyrics in German and some supplements in English. "One of the most played songs in the world, My way" has become a popular song classic. According to a biographer of Claude François there are about two thousand photographs of the piece.
Among the italienischen Stichen erinnern wir uns an die von Bobby Solo (My way), Patty Pravo (My way, with the text by Alberto Testa and Andrea Lo Vecchio), Fred Bongusto (My way). In 2005, Mina preferred to record it in English on the album L'allieva, dedicated to Frank Sinatra.
Both Sinatra and My Way are mentioned in the 2000 song It's My life by Bon Jovi, in the verse "as Frankie said, I did it my way". The current copyright holder after his father's death, Claude François Jr., receives around 750,000 euros per year, thanks in part to a lawsuit his father had intended after finding that the sums paid to him were poor compared to what was due.
The song became the soundtrack of many farewell ceremonies (Chancellor Gerhard Schröder wanted it when he handed it over to Angela Merkel) and sometimes also at funerals. Sinatra hates me, su news.bbc.co.uk. Comparison of the texts of the different versions of Comme d'habitude and My Way, on lexilogos.com.