Retiens la nuit

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"Retiens la nuit"
Single by Johnny Hallyday
from the album Salut les copains
Released December 1961 (1961-12)
Format 7" EP, 7" single
Recorded November 1961 (1961-11)
Length 2:57
Label Philips
Composer(s) Georges Garvarentz
Lyricist(s) Charles Aznavour
Producer(s) Lee Hallyday
Johnny Hallyday singles chronology
"Viens danser le twist"
"Retiens la nuit" / "Ya ya twist"
"Serre la main d'un fou"
Music video
"Retiens la nuit" (French TV, 1961) on YouTube

"Retiens la nuit" is a song by French singer Johnny Hallyday from his 1961 studio album Salut les copains. It was also released as an EP (in late 1961 or early 1962) and as a single.

Composition and writing[edit]

The song was written by Charles Aznavour and composed by Georges Garvarentz.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

In France the single spent nine weeks at no. 1 on the singles sales chart (in March–May 1962).[2]

Track listing[edit]

7" single Philips 372 946 PF (1961, France etc.)

A. "Retiens la nuit"
B. "Sam'di soir"[3]

7" EP Philips 432.739 BE (1962, France etc.)

A1. "Retiens la nuit" (2:54)
A2. "Sam'di soir" (3:00)
B1. "Ya ya twist" (2:27)
B2. "La faute au twist" (1:50)[4][5]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by Charles Aznavour.


  1. ^ Daniel Ichbiah. 50 ans de chansons françaises. Daniel Ichbiah. pp. 1–. ISBN 979-10-91410-16-8.
  2. ^ "Retiens la nuit - Johnny Hallyday -".
  3. ^ "Johnny Hallyday - Retiens La Nuit at Discogs". Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  4. ^ " - Johnny Hallyday - Retiens la nuit". Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  5. ^ "Johnny Hallyday - Retiens La Nuit at Discogs". Retrieved 2017-11-11.

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