Album Chart of 1950

<1949 1951>

  • This chart features albums released in 1950 and is limited to all of the albums in my collection which have “A-list” status.
  • Elsewhere, the Albums released in 1950 page shows the full range of albums in this sites' database, including the “B-list” records.


The littlest rebel tops my album chart for the third year running – Columbia were making the most of the market appetite for their new microgroove LPs, and there was a great deal of material from the late 40s from which to compile song selections from the popular Miss Piaf.

Her stock was high at this time – but that will have been little consolation to her, as she had just been dealt a major personal blow from which she found it very hard to recover. The love of her life, the married boxer Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash in October 1949, while flying from Paris to New York City to meet her. Cerdan's Air France flight crashed in the Azores, killing everyone on board, including noted violinist Ginette Neveu. Piaf and Cerdan's affair made international headlines, as Cerdan was the former middleweight world champion and a legend in France in his own right.

Things would never be quite the same again for Édith…

The Jukebox Rebel

TJR says:

6.36 “Decent enough”

All 8 tracks on this 10” LP are new to the Édith Piaf album discography thus far. 5 of the 8 were recorded recently in 1949 and 3 numbers were recorded back in 1946. On those 3, Édith is accompanied by the male harmony vocals of Les Compagnons de la Chanson, as they tackle folk traditionals “Le Roi A Fait Battre Tambour”, “Celine” and “Dans Les Prisons De Nantes”. It certainly helps to break things up from the usual cabaret stylings, and this helps to give the album a fresh vitality. There’s not a bad number on-board but “Dany”, co-written by the lady herself, is the stand out for me, as Édith gets bluesy with it. The band reminds me of Jimmie Lunceford’s lot doing "Blues In The Night". C’est merveilleux!

The Jukebox Rebel

TJR says:

5.92 “Average”

Her 3rd LP for the “A-list” is another compile, all from 78s recorded between 1946 and 1947, but all-new to her album discography thus far. The set is dominated by two great tracks – “Les Trois Cloches” and “Mariage” – and a whole lot of ringing bells.

Édith is accompanied by the Lyonnaise nine piece, Les Compagnons de la Chanson, for the album’s openers, “Les Trois Cloches” and “C’est Pour Ca”. The former stands as one of the true gems in her catalogue – despite ten vocalists being crowded around a single microphone during the primitive recording session. The vocal group had performed with Piaf in wartime, and then Piaf fell for Jean-Louis Jaubert (at one point they were engaged), which did much to accelerate the career of the ensemble. She suggested popular songs, the kind people whistled in the street, and among them was one which they turned into a million-seller – “Les Trois Cloches”, a swiss song which was written in French by Jean Villard Gilles. It’s about Jean-François Nicot, everyman, from the Swiss valleys who was born, married and died to the sound of the ringing bells. Life, love and death – typical Édith fare all in one song.

The opening track on side 2, “Mariage”, unfolds stunningly, as the chanteuse loses herself in melodramatic fashion, culminating in a plethora of frantic, darkly chiming bells which suggest some sort of marital torment – it’s the Édith Piaf effect where sweetness and light rarely lives long.

The Jukebox Rebel

chart first published 20 Oct 2015; last edited 6 Dec 2015

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