C'est si bon

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For the South Korean film, see C'est si bon (film).
"C'est si bon"
Song by Jean Marco
English title It's So Good
Form Jazz
Composer Henri Betti
Lyricist André Hornez
Language French
Recorded by Jacques Hélian
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Eartha Kitt
Yves Montand

"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.

Henri 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. The song is reported to the SACEM 16 August 1947 and published by Paul Beuscher.

Before looking for professional singers to sing his song, Henri Betti sang himself to the restaurant La Réserve in Nice the night in the opening and closing music services. To sing the song, he first proposed to Yves Montand who refuses to sing 9 October 1947 at the Théâtre de l'Étoile. The publisher proposed to Henri Betti the register by Jacques Hélian and his Orchestra for the radio 18 January 1948. Then the publisher offers Sœurs Étienne with Raymond Legrand and his Orchestra and the song gets the success. Recognizing the success of the song, Yves Montand saves 11 May 1948 with Bob Castella and his Orchestra. Paul Beuscher then proposed the song to Suzy Delair who agreed to sing in public in the first Nice Jazz Festival on 25 February 1948. In this Festival was present Louis Armstrong who asked the editor if he could make a record in America. Armstrong made the recording of the song 26 June 1950 in New York with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra and English lyrics by Jerry Seelen. On its release, the disc will experience a global success.

It was originally recorded by Jacques Hélian and his Orchestra (vocal by Jean Marco) on 18 January 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,[1] and reached No. 25 on the Billboard chart. Kitt's recording was made in 1953, released by RCA Victor,[2] and reached No. 11 on the Cash Box chart of best-selling records.

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


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.[3]


  1. ^ MGM catalog number 10613
  2. ^ RCA Victor catalog number 20-5358, 78rpm and 47-5358, 45rpm
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Billboard Top Pop Singles