CHOUCOUNE

Latest update on 28/02/2014

Artist: Roger Fanfant et son Orchestre Guadeloupéen
Author: Oswald Durand/Michel Moleart Monton
Label: Pathé
Year: 1937

Oswald Durand was a Haitian poet laureate (1840-1906). Written as a lament for a real creole girl nicknamed Choucoune; popularity urged for a musical setting provided by Moleart Monton (1893).

Covers:

1950:

Katherine Dunham et son Ensemble

1953:

Emy de Pradines

1953:

Lolita Cuevas [on lp Haitian Folk Songs with Frantz Casseus on guitar]

1955:

Lord Burgess & His Calypso Serenaders [on lp Folk Songs Of Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad, shortly before he met and started influencing Harry Belafonte, writing the best bits of his groundbreaking Calypso album ('56); see: Day O, Jamaica Farewell and Island In The Sun]

1956:

Andre Tousaint & the Caribbeans [from the Bahamas; crediting Lord Burgess like most of the coverers]

1957:

Harry Belafonte [as Don't Ever Love Me]

1957:

Norman Luboff Choir [as Yellow Bird on Columbia lp Calypso Holiday, crediting Belafonte for selecting the songs; lyrics: Alan & Marilyn Bergman]

1958:

Mills Brothers

1960:

Brothers Four

1960:

Jack Sels

1961:

Arthur Lyman [Top 5 US]

1961:

Bert Kaempfert

1961:

Lawrence Welk

1961:

Roger Williams

1961:

Paul Clayton

1961:

Three Suns

1961:

Ventures

1962:

Chet Atkins

1962:

Keely Smith

1962:

Davy Graham

1963:

Celia Cruz

1964:

Merrymen

1965:

Hiltonaires

1967:

Paragons

1967:

Gaylads

1969:

Winston Groovy

1970s:

Lord Tanamo

1996:

Chris Isaak [all as Yellow Bird]

This 19th century Haitian melody can be traced back to an old French chanson from the Anjou region: Non non non, je ne marierai pas. In Haiti it is also known under it's Creole title Ti Zwazo (Little Bird), inspiring the English translation as Yellow Bird.

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