C'est si bon
|"C'est si bon"|
|("It's So Good")|
|Music by||Henri Betti|
|Lyrics by||André Hornez|
|Original artist||Suzy Delair|
|Recorded by||Johnny Desmond
"C'est si bon" is a French popular song, sometimes also referred to by the English translation of the title, "It's So Good". The music was composed in 1947 by Henri Betti. The French lyrics were written by André Hornez, the English lyrics by Jerry Seelen.
Betti was walking on the avenue Jean Médecin in Nice in July 1947 when the first nine notes of the tune occurred to him. He appealed to lyricist André Hornez to come up with a title. The lyricist said that the title should be three syllables, the first three notes of the song. The next day he showed Henri Betti a list of ten titles, each of three syllables, the last of which was C'est si Bon. Henri Betti told André Hornez he wanted the title, but hesitated because there was at that time a song sung by Charles Trenet C'est Bon. Henri Betti told him that si made all the difference. Before looking for professional singers to sing his song, Henri Betti has sung himself to the restaurant La Réserve in Nice the night in the opening and closing music services. He offered the song to Yves Montand, who declined. The editor of the song Paul Beuscher proposed that Henri Betti should get it sung by the Etienne Sisters Sœurs Étienne but the recording went unnoticed. Paul Beuscher then proposed the song to Suzy Delair who agreed to sing at the first Nice Jazz Festival in 1948. Louis Armstrong heard the song at the festival, and asked Suzy Delair and Paul Beuscher if he could make a recording in America. The disc was released in 1950 with worldwide success.
It was originally recorded by Jacques Hélian and his Orchestra (vocal by Jean Marco) on 18 February 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. 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 11 May 1949, released by MGM, and reached No. 25 on the Billboard chart. Kitt's recording was made in 1953, released by RCA Victor, and reached No. 11 on the Cash Box chart of best-selling records.
- 1948 : Jacques Hélian, Les Sœurs Étienne, Yves Montand,
- 1950 : Louis Armstrong, Angèle Durand, Danny Kaye, Jean Sablon
- 1953 : Eddie Constantine, Stan Freberg, Eartha Kitt
- 1958 : Caterina Valente
- 1959 : Paul Anka
- 1959 : Norma Bengell
- 1960 : Conway Twitty
- 1962 : Bing Crosby, Ann-Margret, Dean Martin
- 1964 : Lloyd Price
- 1964 : Cliff Richard
- 1964 : Eddy Mitchell
- 1966 : Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick
- 1969 : Jacqueline Boyer
- 1978 : Madleen Kane, Rhoda Scott
- 1988 : Mireille Mathieu
- 1997 : Amanda Lear
- 1998 : Coco Briaval
- 2006 : Arielle Dombasle
- 2007 : Emilie-Claire Barlow
- 2010 : Nicole Martin
- 2012 : Guy Marchand, Bob Sinclar, Jacky Terrasson
- 2014 : Lisa Ono
C'est si bon was also included in several films :
- 1954 : New Faces by Harry Horner.
- 1957 : Love in the Afternoon by Billy Wilder.
- 1974 : Earthquake by Mark Robson. The music of the song is played on the guitar.
- 1978 : Fedora by Billy Wilder.
- 2002 : Laurel Canyon by Lisa Cholodenko.
- 2003 : Something's Gotta Give by Nancy Meyers.
- 2013 : The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorsese.
- 2014 : X-Men: Days of Future Past by Bryan Singer.
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.
- MGM catalog number 10613
- RCA Victor catalog number 20-5358, 78rpm and 47-5358, 45rpm
- Whitburn, Joel. Billboard Top Pop Singles