La Bohème (Charles Aznavour song)

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"La Bohème"
1994 re-release cover
Single by Charles Aznavour
from the album Monsieur Carnaval
Released 1965
Genre Chanson
Length 3.59
Label Barclay Records
Writer(s) Charles Aznavour

La Bohème is a song written by French songwriter Jacques Plante and Armenian-French artist Charles Aznavour.


It was first recorded by Aznavour in 1965. It is Aznavour's signature song, as well as one of the most popular French-language songs and a staple of French chanson. It became an international hit song in 1965[1] and was in TOP10 charts of Argentina (No 3), Rio de Janeiro (No 5),[2] France (No 1), Brazil and other countries.[3]

A painter recalls his young age Monmartre, he remembers his artistic life, the years, when he was hungry but happy. According to Aznavour, this song is a farewall to the last days of bohemian Monmartre.[4] He also recorded Italian, Spanish, English, and German versions, as well as a rare Portuguese recording. It is performed at virtually every one of his concerts.

Cover versions[edit]

It was later done in English by Dubstar, who included their version as a filler track for the release of their single "No More Talk".

In 2005, Mafalda Arnauth, a Portuguese fado singer recorded a version of this song for her fourth album Diário.

A re-interpretation was also done by electronic musician Nicolas Jaar, who used it in numerous of his famous live sets.


  1. ^ Aznavour at Songwriters Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Hits of the World / Billboard 14 May 1966
  3. ^ Song artist 689 - Charles Aznavour, TSORT
  4. ^ Paris Sights: A Travel Guide to the Top 45 Attractions in Paris, France


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