La Bohème (Charles Aznavour song)
|Single by Charles Aznavour|
|from the album Monsieur Carnaval|
La Bohème is a song written by French songwriter Jacques Plante and Armenian-French artist Charles Aznavour. It is Aznavour's signature song, as well as one of the most popular French-language songs and a staple of French chanson.
A painter, recalling his younger years in Montmartre, remembers his artistic life and the years when he was hungry but happy. According to Aznavour, this song is a farewell to the last days of bohemian Montmartre. He also recorded Italian, Spanish, English, and German versions, as well as a rare Portuguese recording. It was performed at virtually every one of his concerts.
The song was first recorded by Aznavour in 1965. It became an international hit song in 1965 and was in TOP10 charts of Argentina (No. 3), Brazil (especially Rio de Janeiro (No. 5)), France (No. 1) and other countries.
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 1983, serbian singer Dragan Stojnic recorded a version of La Bohéme in Serbian on his album C' est la vie. 
In 2004, Jason Kouchak recorded a version of this song for Aznavour's 80th birthday .
A re-interpretation was also done by electronic musician Nicolas Jaar, who used it in many of his live sets.
Kendji Girac's interpretation of the song, heavily influenced by Spanish and Romanian culture, appeared on the 2014 tribute album Aznavour, sa jeunesse. It reached number 61 on the French SNEP singles chart.
The African-Spanish singer Buika recorded a version of the song in Spanish, called "La Bohemia," for her 2008 album, Niña de Fuego.
Armenian jazz singer Elvina Makarian covered the song on her album International.
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