San Francisco 1965

San Francisco’s cable car. I understand it’s still working. Back then in 1965, to the little boy that I was, fresh out of Africa, it was very cool. Note the hairdos on the women, and the white socks and black jeans on one of the passengers pushing the car. (Elvis wasn’t very far) The streets…

Richard Anthony. 1938-2015.

Richard Anthony died a few days ago at the relatively young – by today’s standards – age of 77. To the vast majority of my english-speaking readers, his name will ring no bell. He was one of the “yéyé” idols of the sixties. His music and songs were mainly adaptations of english or american hits…

Sur le pont d’Avignon. Swing par Jean Sablon

Very few traditional French songs have survived. We still have poems by François Villon (15th) Clement Marot, Ronsard, du Bellay (16th century), but almost no traditional songs. Probably because the poems were printed and the songs were not. Those that have survived are generally nursery rhymes. Maybe that is why they survived: mothers or grandmothers…