C'est si bon
|"C'est si bon"|
|Song by Jean Marco|
|English title||It's So Good|
|Released||18 January 1948|
|Recorded by||Jacques Hélian|
|Performed by||Louis Armstrong
"C'est si bon" is a French popular song, also known by 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.
It is looking at the window of a lingerie shop under the arcades of the avenue Jean Médecin in Nice in July 1947 as the first nine notes of the song come to mind of the composer Henri Betti. He writes the notes in a notebook to be able to play on the piano. Once back home, he composed the melody in less than ten minutes. He then made an appointment with lyricist André Hornez at the Hotel Powers in Paris to find a title for the song. André Hornez 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 liked it, but hesitated because there was a current Charles Trenet song called C'est Bon. Henri Betti told him that si made all the difference. The song was registered with the SACEM on 16 August 1947 and was published by Paul Beuscher.
Before finding a professional singer for the song, Henri Betti sang it himself at the restaurant La Réserve in Nice. Yves Montand then turned the song down. The music publisher arranged to have it recorded by Jacques Hélian and his Orchestra for the radio on 18 January 1948, vocal by Jean Marco (French Columbia DF 3232). Then the publisher offered the song to the Sœurs Étienne with Raymond Legrand and his Orchestra, which became a hit. Yves Montand, now seeing a good thing, recorded the song on 11 May 1948 with Bob Castella and his Orchestra. Paul Beuscher then introduced the song to Suzy Delair who agreed to perform it in the first Nice Jazz Festival on 25 February 1948.
Louis Armstrong attended the festival, and asked the publisher if he could make a recording of the song in America. He recorded it 26 June 1950 in New York with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra with English lyrics by Jerry Seelen. The recording became a worldwide hit and the song will then be sung by leading international singers.
Later recordings: the Belgian-German singer Angèle Durand recorded a French version that was a hit in Belgium and then had a 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, Yves Montand
- 1950 : Louis Armstrong, Danny Kaye, Jean Sablon
- 1953 : Eddie Constantine, Stan Freberg, Patachou, Eartha Kitt
- 1956 : Perez Prado
- 1958 : Caterina Valente, Johnny Desmond, Ray Anthony
- 1959 : Paul Anka, Norma Bengell, Gale Robbins
- 1960 : Conway Twitty, Perry Como
- 1961 : Polly Bergen
- 1962 : Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Ann-Margret, Chet Baker
- 1963 : Peter Kraus, Eddy Mitchell
- 1964 : Lloyd Price, Cliff Richard
- 1966 : Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Jean-Claude Pascal
- 1969 : Jacqueline Boyer, Gina Lollobrigida
- 1975 : Bert Kaempfert
- 1976 : Bebu Silvetti
- 1978 : Madleen Kane, Rhoda Scott, Mireille Mathieu, Petula Clark, Grethe Kausland
- 1979 : Shirley MacLaine, Tom Jones
- 1988 : Rita Lee
- 1992 : Biréli Lagrène
- 1993 : Jeane Manson
- 1997 : Amanda Lear
- 2006 : Arielle Dombasle
- 2007 : Emilie-Claire Barlow, Smaïn, Laura Fygi
- 2008 : Earl Klugh
- 2011 : Halie Loren, In-Grid
- 2012 : Guy Marchand, Bob Sinclar, Jacky Terrasson, Awa Ly
- 2014 : Lisa Ono, Nikki Yanofsky
C'est si bon was also included in several films and television films :
- 1954 : New Faces by Harry Horner.
- 1957 : Love in the Afternoon by Billy Wilder.
- 1978 : Fedora by Billy Wilder.
- 1996 : Chloé by Dennis Berry.
- 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.
- 2015 : Mad Men (New Business) by Michael Uppendahl.
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 in which the male backup chorus aggravates him by constantly singing "si bon, si bon" at the wrong time. Another parody was written by Brazilian rock star Rita Lee called "Cecy bom", with a Salsa rhythm.
- In 2012, McDonald’s request to disc jockey Bob Sinclar to do a remix version of Yves Montand for an advertisement on their sandwich McBaguette.
- In 2014, Renault request to singer Maximilien Philippe to put his voice on a rock cover of the song for an advertisement on their car Renault Clio.
- In 2015, Beats Electronics uses the version of Eartha Kitt for an advertisement on their headphones Solo2 Wireless.
- MGM catalog number 10613
- RCA Victor catalog number 20-5358, 78rpm and 47-5358, 45rpm
- Whitburn, Joel. Billboard Top Pop Singles