C'est si bon

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"C'est si bon"
("It's So Good")
Music byHenri Betti
Lyrics byAndré Hornez
LanguageFrench
FormJazz
Original artistSuzy Delair
Recorded byJohnny Desmond
Eartha Kitt
 
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"C'est si bon"
("It's So Good")
Music byHenri Betti
Lyrics byAndré Hornez
LanguageFrench
FormJazz
Original artistSuzy Delair
Recorded byJohnny Desmond
Eartha Kitt

"C'est si bon" is a popular song, sometimes also referred to by the English translation of the title, "It's So Good". The music was written in 1947 by Henri Betti, the French lyrics by André Hornez, and the English lyrics by Jerry Seelen.

It is walking in Place Masséna in Nice in 1947, the first nine notes of the song topped the Henri Betti. Then he appealed to his lyricist André Hornez to find a title for his song. The lyricist said that the title will be three syllables, and there will in the first three notes. The next day he will see Henri Betti a list of ten titles in three syllables whose last title C'est si Bon. Henri Betti told him it's the one he wants to André Hornez but said he did not want the marked because there was at that time a song sung by Charles Trenet C'est Bon. Henri Betti told him that si make all the difference. To sing the song, he offered to Yves Montand who refuse. The editor of the song Paul Beuscher proposed to Henri Betti was blackmail by the Sœurs Étienne but registration unnoticed. Paul Beuscher then proposed the song Suzy Delair who agreed to sing the first Nice Jazz Festival in 1948. In this Festival was this Louis Armstrong asked Suzy Delair and then Paul Beuscher if he could make a recording in America. The disc was released in 1950 and will see a worldwide success.

It was originally recorded by Jacques Hélian and his Orchestra (vocal by Jean Marco) on February 18, 1948 (French Columbia DF 3232). Later by the Belgian-German singer Angèle Durand, whose French version was a hit in Belgium, and then had another hit in Germany with her German version.[citation needed] The song was popularized in English by Eartha Kitt in the 1954 film version of New Faces of 1952, and by Johnny Desmond. The Desmond recording was made on May 11, 1949, released by MGM,[1] and reached #25 on the Billboard chart. Kitt's recording was made in 1953, released by RCA Victor,[2] and reached #11 on the Cash Box chart of best-selling records.

Cover versions[edit source | edit]

Louis Armstrong and Yves Montand have performed the song in English and French respectively. Joe Loss and His Orchestra recorded a version in London in 1950, released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label.[3] Danny Kaye recorded a version in 1950 and Conway Twitty recorded it in 1960. It was also recorded by Emilie-Claire Barlow on the The Very Thought of You.[4]

Amanda Lear sang her version on her 1997 album, Made of Blood & Honey.

Pete Fountain performed (on Bb clarinet) this standard on the "A Touch of Class" album.

Filmography[edit source | edit]

C'est si bon was also included in several films :

Parodies[edit source | edit]

Allan Sherman did a parody of "C'est si bon" in 1963 called "I See Bones", in which a doctor recounts what he sees in an X-ray. Stan Freberg also did a parody of it, in which the male back-up chorus aggravates him by constantly singing "si bon, si bon" at the wrong time. Another parody has been written by Brazilian rock star Rita Lee called "Cecy bom", with a Salsa rhythm.[5]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ MGM catalog number 10613
  2. ^ RCA Victor catalog number 20-5358, 78rpm and 47-5358, 45rpm
  3. ^ HMV catalogue numbers BD 6070 and HE 2032
  4. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY | Emilie-Claire Barlow Official Site!". Emilieclairebarlow.com. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Billboard Top Pop Singles