Petite Fleur

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"Petite Fleur" is an instrumental written by Sidney Bechet and recorded by him in January 1952, first with the Sidney Bechet All Stars and later with Claude Luter and his Orchestra.[1]

Chris Barber recording[edit]

In 1959, it was an international hit as a clarinet solo by Monty Sunshine with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.[2] This recording, which was made on October 10, 1956, peaked at No. 5 on the US Hot 100[3] and No. 3 in the UK charts.[2] Outside the UK Chris Barber's version was extremely big in Sweden topping the Swedish best selling chart for no less than 12 weeks according to the branch paper Show Business. Their version was in A minor, in contrast to Bechet's, which was in G minor.[4]

Other recordings[edit]

  • There was another recording by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats. Following the Chris Barber instrumental recording, lyrics were added by Fernand Bonifay and Mario Bua in the same year.
  • A different set of lyrics was written by Paddy Roberts where the song was recorded by Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr in 1959.[5]
  • Petula Clark recorded the song in French and it was included in her album Hello Paris (1962).[6]


  1. ^ "Petite Fleur". Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Vacher, Peter (December 6, 2010). "Monty Sunshine Obituary". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 46.
  4. ^ Barber, Chris; Shipton, Alyn (2014). Jazz Me Blues: The Autobiography of Chris Barber. Equinox. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-84553-088-4.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved January 6, 2019.

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