Who was Juliette Gréco’s beloved American jazzman?
This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about Juliette Gréco and her love affair with an American jazzman. There’s “On This Day”, Halloween greetings, “Ollia’s Happy Moment”, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy!
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This week’s quiz: On 3 October, I asked you a question about Juliette Gréco, the famous French singer. She had a passionate love affair with an American jazzman, and I asked you to write in with his name.
The answer is: Miles Davis, the great jazz composer and trumpeter.
The tale of the affair is a sad one: Miles Davis was Black, and Juliette Gréco was white. They met in 1949, when racism in the US was even more appalling than it is now.
As RFI English journalist Alison Hird wrote in her article “Remembering Juliette Gréco, Grand Dame of la chanson française”:
“When Jean-Paul Sartre asked Davis why he didn’t propose to her, the musician replied: ‘Because I love her too much to make her unhappy’.
He considered she'd be seen as a "negro's whore" in the US and her career would be destroyed.
His point was proven some years later when Gréco invited Davis to dine at a posh hotel in New York.
Service was shameful and the staff visibly shocked to see a sophisticated white woman with a Black man.
At the end, Gréco took the waiter’s hand as if to kiss it, then spat in his palm.”
The winners are: Ms Fatematuj Zahra, the co-secretary of the Shetu RFI Listeners Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh; Shahzad Shabbir, the president of the RFI Pak France International Listeners Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan; Mrs Nafisa Khatun, the president of the RFI Mahila Shrota Sangha Club and Miss Mousumi Khatun, a member of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club, both from West Bengal, India, and RFI Listeners Club member Mr Arne Timm from Harjumaa, Estonia.
Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: The prelude to the soundtrack for the film Farenheit 451, composed by Bernard Hermann and performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Stromberg; "Déshabillez moi" by Gaby Verlor and Robert Nyel, sung by Juliette Gréco; “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles Davis and Bill Erwan, performed by Miles Davis and the Miles Davis Quintet; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Alma del sol” composed by Enrico Macias and Bruno Bongarçon, performed by the composers, and “Autumn Leaves” written by Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, and Johnny Mercer, and sung by Edith Piaf.
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