Famous Singers of Montmartre

Not only Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Patachou and Dalida, but also Maurice Chevalier, Georges Brassens, Yves Montant, amongst others, have lived or made their debut in Montmartre!

Patachou, or to give her her real name, Henriette Ragon, was discovered by Maurice Chevalier when he lived on rue Ravignan in Montmartre. In 1948 she opened the Cabaret Patachou at 13 rue du Mont-Cenis; it became one of the places to be during the 1950s, with people coming to listen to the realistic songs of Patachou. Georges Brassens, Hugues Auffray, Jacques Brel, Michel Sardou and Charles Aznavour all made their debuts there.

Edith Piaf spent her childhood in the working-class quartiers of Belleville, Menilmontant and Montmartre, where she began by singing in the streets. In 1937 Raymond Asso agreed to take her under his wing. He did everything in his power to get her onto the big Parisian stages, this was after all a time for big success stories and vast tours. Whilst performing at the Moulin Rouge in 1944, la Môme Piaf met Yves Montand who was appearing in the first half of the show; it was love at first sight and they went on tour together soon afterwards. In 1946 she met Charles Aznavour, who had himself started out in the cabarets of Montmartre and Pigalle. Edith Piaf was to make her last public appearance in Montmartre.

It was also in Montmartre that the famous singer Dalida made her home. In 1962 she took up residence in a very beautiful mansion on the narrow rue Orchampt, right in the heart of Montmartre, where she stayed until her death in 1987.

In hommage to these singers some bottles from the Montmartre Vineyard carry their names, such as the vintages Mistinguett, Dalida, and most recently, Brassens.