Jean Sablon

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Jean Sablon
BornJean Georges Sablon
(1906-03-25)25 March 1906
Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Died24 February 1994(1994-02-24) (aged 87)
Cannes, France
NationalityFrench nationality
EducationLycée Charlemagne
OccupationSinger, actor
Years active1923-84
Known forJ'attendrai, C'est si bon, La Vie en rose, Les feuilles mortes, Sur le Pont d'Avignon, Melodie d'Amour, Syracuse, Je tire ma révérence, Vous qui passez sans me voir, C'est le printemps, Ce petit chemin

Jean Sablon (25 March 1906 - 24 February 1994) was a French singer and actor.


Sablon was born in Nogent-sur-Marne, the son of a composer, with brothers and sisters who had successful careers of their own in musical entertainment. He studied piano at the Lycée Charlemagne in Paris. He left before graduating to enroll at the Paris Conservatoire in order to concentrate on a vocal career. He started in the cabarets of Paris at the age of 17, and was subsequently accompanied on his first album by the pianist/composer Mireille, whose song "Couchés dans le foin" became a great success. Later, he partnered the wildly popular Mistinguett at the Casino de Paris and boosted his career considerably. He was the first cabaret singer to use a microphone in his stage act. In the 1920s he spent time in Brazil where his recordings remain extremely popular today.

In 1937, he won the Grand Prix du Disque for the song "Vous qui passez sans me voir", written for him by Charles Trenet and Johnny Hess. That same year, he went to the United States, where he sang on live radio broadcasts for CBS and made several records in the English language. On Broadway, he worked with luminaries such as Cole Porter and George Gershwin. He returned to Paris but, with the German occupation of France in World War II, he went back to America for the duration.

From 1946-1947 the CBS radio network presented, The Jean Sablon Show. Sablon was accompanied by John Serry Sr. and an orchestra led by Paul Baron. Salvador Camarata served as the musical arranger for these broadcasts. [1][2][3][4]

On 30 March 1950, Jean Sablon recorded C'est si bon in London with Woolf Phillips and his Orchestra. On November 23 of the same year, he recorded the English version (lyrics by Jerry Seelen) in Buenos Aires with Emil Stern and his Orchestra.

Jean Sablon became one of the most widely acclaimed male French singers, considered second only in overall lifetime popularity to Maurice Chevalier. His records sold in the millions around the world and he is frequently referred to as the French equivalent of America's Bing Crosby. During his career, he recorded with some of the world's top musicians, including Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. Sablon is credited with arranging Reinhardt's debut in a fashionable cabaret in 1933. He is also recognized for his talents as a lyricist and a composer. Sablon appeared in a number of motion pictures and television films performing as a vocalist or pianist, his last being in 1984 when he sang "April in Paris" in Mistral's Daughter, the popular American TV miniseries filmed in France.

Jean Sablon died in Cannes in 1994 and was buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.

Personal life[edit]

Jean Sablon was the son of composer Charles Sablon and the brother of composer André Sablon and singer and actress Germaine Sablon. The actor Jacques Sablon was his nephew.




Musical theatre[edit]

  • 1923 : La Dame en décolleté, by Yves Mirande and Lucien Boyer, music by Maurice Yvain, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens.
  • 1925 : Trois jeunes filles nues, by Yves Mirande and Albert Willemetz, music by Raoul Moretti, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens.


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