TROIS CLOCHES, LES

Latest update on 22/02/2016

Artist: Gilles
Author: Jean Villard
Year: 1939

Written for Radio Lausanne, where he first performed it solo on piano (the recording survived and can be found on cd Gilles à Radio Lausanne - Inédits). Real name: Jean Villard, part of cabaret duo Gilles Et Julien. Jean had his own cabaret in Lausanne (Au Coup De Soleil), a local centre fighting Nazism, where he revisited the song with singer Edith Burger shortly after the war. In '46 La Môme Piaf had a contract there and that's when he gave her this song. She declined at first and gave it to Les Compagnons De La Chanson. That's when compay Marc Herrand entered the (Swiss) belfry as coauthor.

Covers:

1946:

Edith Piaf [featuring Les Compagnons De La Chanson]

1947:

Albert De Booy [as O Mooie Grijze Laurenstoren, about this Rotterdam church, heavily damaged during WW II]

1948:

Melody Maids [as The Three Bells]

1949:

Anne Shelton [as While The Angelus Was Ringing]

1949:

Margaret Whiting

1949:

Frank Sinatra

1949:

Dick Haymes

1949:

Tommy Dorsey

1949:

Guy Lombardo

1949:

Bob Scholte [as De Drie Klokken]

1949:

Josef Locke [as While The Angelus Was Ringing]

1950:

Compagnons De La Chanson [as The Three Bells]

1952:

Andrews Sisters

1959:

Esterella [as De Drie Klokken]

1959:

Browns [n°1 US; with Jim Ed Brown]

1960:

Mieke Telkamp [as De Drie Klokken]

1964:

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes [hit UK]

1966:

Julie Rogers

1971:

Ray Charles

1974:

Nana Mouskouri

1975:

Roy Orbison

1975:

Floyd Cramer

1982:

André Van Duin [as Bim Bam; n°1 NL]

1984:

Leon Russell [on Piaf tribute]

1993:

Daniel O'Donnell

1994:

Elaine Paige

1998:

Lisa Del Bo [as De Drie Klokken]

1999:

Jo Lemaire

2000:

Herman Van Veen

2014:

Ben Keith [with Neil & Pegi Young]

There are two English translations. The one called The Three Bells was translated by Bert Reisfeld in 1948. Only with The Browns did it reach the top of the charts in America. The version as While The Angelus Was Ringing was written by Dick Manning in '49.

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